Peter Dayan studied mathematics at Cambridge University, did his Ph.D. in
computational neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh with David
Willshaw, and held postdoc positions with Terry Sejnowski at the Salk Institute and
Geoff Hinton at the University of Toronto. After three years as an
assistant professor at MIT, he helped found the Gatsby Computational
Neuroscience Unit at University College London in 1998.
Dayan’s interests center on mathematical and computational models of
neural processing, with a particular emphasis on representation,
learning and decision-making.