The focus of the Vaziri lab lies at the intersection between physics and neuroscience. We are interested in understanding how the information processing capabilities of the brain emerges from the dynamic interaction of the neuronal networks. We approach this question by taking a multidisciplinary and reverse engineering approach, a major part of which is the development and application of new optical imaging techniques and approaches to systems neuroscience. We are aiming at generating functional maps of whole brain neuronal networks by extending the current boundaries in speed, resolution and volume size. Ultimately, we are not only interested in uncovering the biological mechanisms, but also the information theoretical and computational principles underlying brain functions such as object recognition, generalization, learning and decision-making.