Selim Onat

My main occupation is Neuroscience.

In the past, I have been interested on how the visual system processes natural scenes. To this end, I have recorded naturalistic movies using micro-cameras carried by cats while they were actively exploring a natural environment. I used these movies to train neuronal networks in an unsupervised manner and compared learnt features to the known properties of neurons in visual cortex. I also used these videos as stimuli during physiological recordings to gain insights on the principles of natural signal processing in the visual cortex.

Recently, I started working on how humans make generalizations based on what they have previously learnt. To this end, I am using a variety of methodologies including fMRI (1), autonomous (2), as well as eye-movement recordings (3). This research emanates from the well-established field of "stimulus generalization" following mainly the "lineage" of Hovland, Hull and Roger Shepard (4), and including the more recent computational work of Josua Tenenbaum (5). Furthermore, it integrates work on anxiety disorders, as it is believed that these mechanisms are impaired in people suffering from anxiety problems.

PhD Thesis, Presentation, Latex Template

I recently defended my thesis. I am uploading my presentation with idea that somebody might find it useful and get some inspiration. 

The pdf file can be found here here.

If you like the layout of this thesis, you may find it useful to download the latex template that is used to generate it from here.

I share this with the idea that anyone who would like to start writing their theses, could easily use this template to start up producing, rather than wasting time to optimize the look of the final thesis. It might take considerable time until everything appears reasonably good.

The good starting point is the PhDThesis_Selim.tex file, where all the subsequent chapters (in the form of .tex files) are referred and included. The figures are not included in the zip package therefore if you compile PhDThesis_Selim.tex file it will not succeed.