Simon Thorpe is CNRS Research Director (DRCE2), CerCo (CNRS-UT3), TMBI (Univ. Toulouse), France. His current interests are centered on understanding the phenomenal processing speed achieved by the visual system thanks to experiments that attempt to measure just how fast visual processing is using briefly flashed natural scenes using a combination of electrophysiological and behavioural methods. In an attempt to explain this sort of ultra-rapid processing he proposed a novel coding scheme that uses the order in which cells fire spikes, rather than firing rates to encode information.
I had the chance to meet Simon Thorpe thanks to my professor of applied mathematics at SUPAERO, Manuel Samuelides. He introduced me to the world of Spiking Neural Networks, and co-directerd my PhD. During this period, we published a series of papers, among which: