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Hi everyone!

I am a Master student in Mathematics and in Computational Science at the University of Amsterdam. I have a Bachelor in Mathematics, Physics and in Neuroscience.

I started fantasizing about applications of Category Theory in linguistics during my first course on the subject. I was happy to stumble upon the paper "Towards a Categorical Theory of Creativity for Music, Discourse, and Cognition" through which I came in contact with Ehresmann. She gave me some nice research directions how to apply Memory Evolutive Systems to neuroscience. Still working on this. Since, I had been considering different possibilities of applying Category Theory, but so far I am just trying to read up on the existing literature. More recently, I learned about John and the Azimuth project through a poster of the Applied Category Theory workshop in Leiden.

Currently, I am looking for a project for my Master's thesis on Applied Category Theory in Neuroscience.

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If I recall, doesn't categorical neuroscience have a lot of colimits in it?

`If I recall, doesn't categorical neuroscience have a lot of colimits in it?`

That is indeed one way to look at it! We can define the colimit of a pattern as the neuron (or neural ensemble) that it "projects" to, i.e. the neuron(s) that are functionally interconnected to the pattern which we could define in their way of firing.

`That is indeed one way to look at it! We can define the colimit of a pattern as the neuron (or neural ensemble) that it "projects" to, i.e. the neuron(s) that are functionally interconnected to the pattern which we could define in their way of firing.`

Welcome, Abel!

If you're interested in categories and neuroscience I hope you watch this talk by a friend of mine at Applied Category Theory 2018:

She's a homotopy theorist who does a lot of work with neuroscientists; you can find a lot of papers of hers on her website I think... but they use topology, not category theory.

`Welcome, Abel! If you're interested in categories and neuroscience I hope you watch this talk by a friend of mine at Applied Category Theory 2018: * Kathryn Hess, [Towards a categorical approach to neuroscience](https://youtu.be/1TyNInHXLcE). She's a homotopy theorist who does a lot of work with neuroscientists; you can find a lot of papers of hers on her website I think... but they use topology, not category theory.`

Thank you for the recommendation, although I have watched it before. In fact, I talked to prof. Hess and will do a project in her research team next year!

`Thank you for the recommendation, although I have watched it before. In fact, I talked to prof. Hess and will do a project in her research team next year!`