Werner Van Geit

Neuroscientific Software Engineering
Werner is a systems specialist in Blue Brain, where he is responsible for the software used in Blue Brain’s single cell modelling pipeline.

He mainly focuses on automated parameter optimisation for Blue Brain’s open source BluePyOpt tool, but he is also active in maintaining and extending other Blue Brain software packages.

Werner obtained his Masters degree in Informatics from the University of Ghent, after which he worked as a researcher in the Computational Neuroscience at the University of Antwerp under the supervision of Prof. Erik De Schutter. He then relocated to the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology in Japan for three and a half years. After joining Blue Brain in 2011 he shifted his focus towards scientific software development.


Amsalem, O., Van Geit, W.,  Muller, E.,  Markram, H., Segev, l. From neuron biophysics to orientation selectivity in electrically-coupled networks of neocortical L2/3 large basket cells,. Cerebral Cortex, in press.

Van Geit W, Gevaert M, Chindemi G, Rössert C, Courcol J, Muller EB, Schürmann F, Segev I and Markram H, BluePyOpt: Leveraging open source software and cloud infrastructure to optimise model parameters in neuroscience. Front. Neuroinform., 2016, 10:17.

Markram, H. et al.  Reconstruction and Simulation of Neocortical Microcircuitry. Cell 163, 2015, 456-492.

Ramaswamy, S. et al.  The neocortical microcircuit collaboration portal: a resource for rat somatosensory cortex. Front. Neural Circuits, 2015, 44.

Van Geit, W., De Schutter, E., & Achard, P. (2008). Automated neuron model optimization techniques: a review. Biological Cybernetics, 99(4), 241-251.

Van Geit, W., Achard, P., & De Schutter, E. (2007). Neurofitter: A parameter tuning package for a wide range of electrophysiological neuron models. Front. neuroinform.1:1. doi: 10.3389/neuro.11/001.2007