Simon Schultz grew up in North East Victoria, Australia, attending school in Wangaratta. He graduated with a BSc/BEng from Monash University, in Physics and Electrical Engineering, and from Sydney University with a Masters in Electrical Engineering, before reading for a DPhil in Neuroscience at the University of Oxford. He has held research fellowship positions at New York University and University College London. He is Reader in Neurotechnology at Imperial College London, where he heads the Neural Coding Laboratory. From 2012 to 2016 he was a Royal Society Industry Fellow, in conjunction with Scientifica Ltd
, and is now a member of the Royal Society Industry Fellows College.
He has been a leader in the development of quantitative, information-theoretic algorithms for the analysis of large neurophysiological datasets, with key highly cited papers on the roles of spike timing and correlations in sensory coding. Research in his group focuses on studying sensory and cognitive neural codes, and how they relate to cortical circuit structure. A current focus is on the use of optical techniques to probe neural circuit function.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (FIET), of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB), and of the Royal Microscopical Society (FRMS). He is Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Neurotechnology (on leave for the 2016/17 academic year). During 2016/17 he is Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford
, and Visiting Fellow at the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit