Sean Hill

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Brief biography
Sean Hill is co-Director of the Blue Brain Project, a Swiss brain initiative, where he founded the Neuroinformatics division, based at the EPFL Campus Biotech in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Hill is also the inaugural Director of the Krembil Centre for Neuroinformatics ( at CAMH in Toronto, Canada, where he is focused on the digital transformation of mental health - using data science, neuroinformatics, machine learning and multiscale computational modeling. Dr. Hill served as the Executive Director (2011-2013) and Scientific Director (2014-2016) of the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF) at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. Dr. Hill has extensive experience in building and simulating large-scale models of brain circuitry and has also supervised and led research efforts exploring the principles underlying the structure and dynamics of neocortical and thalamocortical microcircuitry. He currently serves in management and advisory roles on several large-scale clinical informatics initiatives around the world. After completing his Ph.D. in computational neuroscience at the Université de Lausanne, Switzerland, Dr. Hill held postdoctoral positions at The Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, California and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, then joined the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center where he served as the Project Manager for Computational Neuroscience at Blue Brain until his appointment as the Director of the Laboratory for the Neural Basis of Brain States at the EPFL. 

Campus Biotech
Bâtiment B1
Ch. des Mines 9
1202 Genève

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Fields of expertise

Large-scale simulation, neuroinformatics, microcircuitry, neocortex, thalamus, connectome, sleep, wakefulness, integrated information, brain atlases, TMS, EEG


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Life Sciences Engineering