Prof. Haim Sompolinsky was honored as one of the Israel's most influential people of 2010

January 18, 2011

Prof. Haim Sompolinsky of ELSC was honored as one of the Israel's 101 most influential people of 2010
by "The Marker" magazine.

Haim Sompolinsky
Researcher in the field of computational neuroscience at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Prof. Haim  Sompolinksy Hebrew article

If you ask him, Prof. Haim Sompolinsky will scientifically prove to you that your decision to read this text wasn’t voluntary. Biological and physical mechanisms that control your body are the means by which you plan, decide, and finally choose to read this text. This idea, according to which people do not really have freedom of choice and control over their lives, follows from the latest research conducted by Sompolinsky, and naturally arouses much interest and debate.



Sompolinsky is the world’s leading researcher in the relatively new field of computational neuroscience, which uses mathematical and physical theories to describe and understand brain processes such as cognition, memory and emotion. He started investigating this field in the 1980s, when he decided to leave the physics lab in order to apply ideas from the that field to biological processes in the brain. At the time, his move was criticized, because physicists traditionally investigate processes outside of the human body, such as the forces and energies at work in the world. Thanks to his groundbreaking step, brain science experienced a tremendous revolution, and today mathematicians and physicists play a major role in brain research everywhere.



Most of Sompolinsky’s research is based at the Hebrew University, where until recently he served as head of the Interdisciplinary Center for Neural Computation (ICNC). Today he is one of the board members of the new Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences at the Hebrew University, which was launched in 2009 with a 130 million dollar investment.
Inspiration: Interdisciplinary art