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INCF/OCNS Working Group on Computational Neuroscience Software

Active, Soliciting members

Ankur Sinha, UCL
Shailesh Appukuttan, IIT Bombay


This working group is joint between OCNS and INCF. The group focuses on evaluating and testing computational neuroscience tools; finding them, testing them, learning how they work, and informing developers of issues to ensure that these tools remain in good shape by having communities looking after them. Since many members of the WG are themselves tool developers, we will also learn from each other and will work towards improving interoperability between related tools.

How we work

The primary mode of communication for the WG will remain on However, the regular developer sessions will be supplemented with virtual WG meetings to allow our global membership to communicate with each other.


Ankur Sinha, UCL & OCNS Board
Stewart Heitmann, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute 
Caglar Cakan, Neural Information Processing Group, TU Berlin
Nikola Jajcay, Neural Information Processing Group, TU Berlin
Christoph Metzner, Neural Information Processing Group, TU Berlin 
Felix Kern, International Research Center for Neurointelligence, U Tokyo 
Zohreh Vaziri, Neuroscience research center, Kerman medical university 
Amelie Aussel, Boston University
Robert A McDougal, Yale University
Brent Huisman, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
Marcel Stimberg, Institut de la Vision/Sorbonne Université Paris
Malin Sandström, INCF & OCNS Board
Daniele Avitabile, VU Amsterdam
Joe Graham, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Thomas Nowotny, University of Sussex & OCNS Board 
Charl Linssen, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany 
Andrew Davidson, Paris-Saclay Institute of Neuroscience
Arshiya Sangchooli, Iranian National Center for Addiction Studies


The goals of this WG will remain flexible to best meet needs. Currently, the goals of the WG are 

  • Develop a set of best practices in software development and encourage software developers in the research community to check their tools against there 
  • Host regular “developer sessions” where developer teams of various tools discuss their development pipelines and development practices, as well as help potential contributors get started.