DiogoSantosPata

I am a programmer, a neuroscientist, a data cruncher and an enthusiastic hobbyist.
As a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia, I'm focused on spatial navigation and episodic memory in the human and rodent brain, using electrophysiological data and computational neuroscience. I'm often diving into neural recordings datasets using statistics and machine learning techniques. Outside the lab, I keep trying out new languages, packages, and related software techniques.

How I spend my time:

Neuroscience
Data science / machine learning
Side projects / learning new technologies
Sports, family and friends



Python getting my attention:

Numpy
Scipy
Scikit-learn
TensorFlow / Keras



Education

2018-Present | Postdoctoral researcher

2014,2016-2019 | Assistant professor

2014-2018 | Ph.D. candidate - neuroscience

2012-2013 | Research assistant

2010-2012 | Cognitive Systems M.Sc.

  • Modulating grid cell scale and intrinsic frequencies via slow high-threshold conductances: a simplified model
    Diogo Santos-Pata, Riccardo Zucca, Hector Lopez Carral, Paul FMJ Verschure
    Neural Networks, 2019 (in press)
  • Human vicarious trial and error is predictive of spatial navigation performance
    D Santos-Pata, PFMJ Verschure
    Front. Behav. Neurosci., 2018
  • Size Matters: How Scaling Affects the Interaction between Grid and Border Cells
    Santos-Pata, Diogo and Zucca, Riccardo and Low, Sock C. and Verschure
    Front. Comput. Neurosci. 11, 65
  • An embodied biologically constrained model of foraging: from classical and operant conditioning to adaptive real-world behavior in DAC-X
    G Maffei, D Santos-Pata, E Marcos, M Sánchez-Fibla, PFMJ Verschure
    Neural Networks 72, 88-108
  • A simplified spiking model of grid-cell scale and intrinsic frequencies
    Diogo Santos-Pata, Riccardo Zucca, Hector Lopez Carral, Paul FMJ Verschure
    bioRxiv 544882; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/544882
  • Hippocampal Based Model Reveals the Distinct Roles of Dentate Gyrus and CA3 during Robotic Spatial Navigation
    D Santos-Pata, A Escuredo, S Lallée, PFMJ Verschure
    Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems, 2014
  • Insect Behavioral Evidence of Spatial Memories During Environmental Reconfiguration
    Diogo Santos-Pata, Alex Escuredo, Zenon Mathews
    Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems 2018
  • Navigate the Unknown: Implications of Grid-Cells “Mental Travel” in Vicarious Trial and Error
    Santos-Pata, Diogo, R Zucca, PFMJ Verschure
    Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems, 2016
  • The Dynamics of hippocampal encoding: beyond the spatial metaphor
    D Santos-Pata
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra, PhD thesis, 2018
  • Collaborations


    Assistant professor

      Robotics course, Computer science undergrad at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain (2014)
      Computational neuroscience at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain (2018)
      Mind, brain and behavior course, Cognitive systems Master at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain (2016)
      Real Time interaction, Cognitive systems Master at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain (2016/2019)
      Engineering Interaction, Computer Science degree at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain (2019)

    Master thesis supervision

      Cognitive systems master at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain (2013 - 2019)
      Biomedical Engineering, Barcelona University, Spain (2017/2018)


    CONTACT

    I'm always up for collaborations and to try out ideas.
    Feel free to suggest something crazy:

    diogo.santos.pata@gmail.com