A Brown University Research Group

We seek to understand the neural computations supporting visual perception

Our long-term goal is to help realize one of the oldest dreams in artificial intelligence: to reverse-engineer the brain and build machines that can see and interpret the visual world as well as humans do. Achieving such an ambitious goal would give scientists a powerful tool to uncover and understand key mechanisms of human perception and cognition and create a new generation of “seeing” machines.

To tackle this problem, the Serre lab combines experimental and computational work to try to answer fundamental questions in visual perception. Another active area of research involves the development of computer vision systems for the automated analysis of animal and human behavioral data.

Teaching and Advising

This Spring semester Prof. Serre teaches “Computational Methods for Mind, Brain, and Behavior” (CLPS 1291). Prof. Serre’s (walk-in) office hours are Tuesday 11–12am and Wednesday 1-2pm in Metcalf #343. Advising hours are also available by appointment.

Prospective students

Brown students interested in conducting research in the lab are encouraged to come to Prof. Serre’s (walk-in) office hours with a printed copy of their CV. Prospective Ph.D. students can find information about our graduate programs here. Prospective postdoc applicants should email Prof. Serre directly.

Address & Contact

Metcalf Building, Room 012-015
190 Thayer St, Providence, RI 02912


Our work is supported by NSF early career award (IIS-1252951), DARPA young faculty award (N66001-14-1-4037) and the Human Frontier Science Program (RGP0006/2015). Additional support provided by the Brown Institute for Brain Sciences (BIBS), the Center for Vision Research (CVR) and the Center for Computation and Visualization (CCV). Previous work funded by ONR (N000141110743),  DARPA (N10AP20013) and the Robert J. and Nancy D. Carney Fund for Scientific Innovation.