Javier Sagastuy-Brena

Javier Sagastuy-Brena

PhD Candidate at Stanford University



I am a PhD Candidate at the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering at Stanford University. I joined the Stanford Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory with P.I. Dan Yamins in September 2018 interested in biologically-inspired computational intelligence. My interests grew to include using computational models to understand how the brain works, along with recurrent models of the visual system, learning rules, and deep learning theory.

Before starting grad school, I spent two years working at a Mexican FinTech startup, teaching Computer Science, and doing research in machine learning for text mining. My non-academic interests include alpine skiing, cycling, hiking, cooking, and an ever-increasing obsession with coffee.

sagas [at] hey [dot] com


  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computational Neuroscience


  • MSc in Computational and Mathematical Engineering, 2019

    Stanford University

  • BSc in Computer Engineering, 2015

    Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México

  • BSc in Applied Mathematics, 2015

    Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México