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Renato C. Farinha Duarte

PhD Student

duarte.jpgRenato C. Farinha Duarte

Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-6) / 
Institute for Advanced Simulation (IAS-6) /
JARA BRAIN Institute I

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
52428 Jülich

Tel: (+49)-2461-61-8911

Research Project


Research Interests

  • Neuronal basis of unsupervised structured sequence learning and processing
  • Reservoir Computing for online processing with fading memory
  • Computational effects of complex, biophysical synaptic dynamics on processing memory
  • Hierarchical, expectation-guided processing
  • Reward-modulated learning and the role of thalamo-cortical and cortico-striatal loops



  • Numerical simulations
  • Data analysis and data mining
  • Reservoir Computing



Academic Background

  • Since 09/2011: PhD student in the EuroSPIN-Program at the Bernstein Center Freiburg
  • 06/2012 - 01/2013: PhD student at University of Edinburgh, School of Informatics, as part of the EuroSPIN-Program 
  • 10/2009 - 07/2011: M.Sc. in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology. University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal
  • 10/2002 - 07/2009: B.Sc. in Elementary Studies in Pharmaceutical Science, University of Coimbra, Portugal



  • Closed loop interactions between spiking neural network and robotic simulators based on MUSIC and ROS. Weidel, Djurfeldt, Duarte, Morrison. Frontiers in Neuroinformatics 10.31 (2016) pp. 1–19. 2016
  • Expansion and State-Dependent Variability along Sensory Processing Streams. Duarte. The Journal of Neuroscience 35.19 (2015) pp. 7315–7316. 2015
  • Dynamic stability of sequential stimulus representations in adapting neuronal networks. Duarte, Morrison. Front Comput Neurosci 8.124 (2014) p. 124. Frontiers, 2014
  • Liquid computing on and o the edge of chaos with a striatal microcircuit. Toledo-Suárez, Duarte, Morrison. Frontiers in computational neuroscience 8.130 (2014) p. 130. 2014

Conference Proceedings

  • Decision-specific sequences of neural activity in balanced random networks driven by structured sensory input.
    Weidel, Duarte, Morrison BMC Neuroscience, 2016
  • ROS-MUSIC toolchain for spiking neural network simulations in a robotic environment.
    Weidel, Duarte, Korvasová, Jitsev, Morrison BMC Neuroscience, 2015
  • Self-Organized Artificial Grammar Learning in Spiking Neural Networks. Duarte, Seriès, Morrison
    Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 2014, Austin, TX
  • Temporal sequence learning via adaptation in biologically plausible spiking neural networks. Duarte, Seriès, Morrison. BMC Neuroscience, 2014
  • Temporal sequence learning via adaptation in biologically plausible spiking neural networks.
    Duarte, Seriès, Morrison. Bernstein Conference 2014, 2014
  • Syntax processing properties of generic cortical circuits. Duarte, Seriès, Morrison. BMC Neuroscience, 2013




  • 7th International Workshop on Guided Self-Organization Freiburg, Germany. Synaptic Adaptation Stabilizes Sequential Stimulus Representations
  • 36th Annual Conference ohe Cognitive Science Society Quebéc, Canada. Self-Organised Artificial Grammar Learning in Spiking Neural Networks.
  • Osnabrück Computational Cognition Alliance Meeting on “The Brain as a Self-Organized Dynamical System” Osnabrück, Germany. Syntax Processing Properties of Generic Cortical Circuits.





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