Anil K Seth is Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex and Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science (www.sussex.ac.uk/sackler), one of the leading research groups in this area internationally. He is also a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow and a Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (Azrieli Programme on Mind, Brain, and Consciousness). He was the 2017 President of the British Science Association (Psychology Section).
Research in his group integrates consciousness science with computational and cognitive neuroscience, ultimately to connect the basic science of consciousness with new approaches to clinical diagnosis and intervention. He is Editor-in-Chief of Neuroscience of Consciousness (Oxford University Press) and was overall Conference Chair of the 16th Meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC16, 2012). He has published more than 120 academic papers in a variety of fields, and he holds degrees in Natural Sciences (MA, Cambridge, 1994), Knowledge-Based Systems (M.Sc., Sussex, 1996) and Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (D.Phil., Sussex, 2000). He was also a postdoctoral and associate fellow at The Neurosciences Institute in San Diego (2001-2006).
For a good overview, see his TED talk (recorded in Vancouver in 2017) or listen to his conversation with Sam Harris on the Waking Up podcast (Jan 2018). There’s also an interview on BBC’s The Life Scientific, with Jim Al-Khalili (2015), and his introductory essay on consciousness on Aeon.co – The Real Problem – a 2016 Editor’s Pick.
His research is, and has been, supported by the Dr. Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation, the EPSRC (Leadership Fellowship), the ERC, the Wellcome Trust, and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.