Brain Dynamics Toolbox

simulating dynamical systems in neuroscience

The Brain Dynamics Toolbox is an open toolbox for simulating dynamical systems in neuroscience. It is for researchers and students who wish to explore mathematical models of brain function in Matlab. It provides a graphical platform for interactive simulation and command-line tools for running simulations in scripts.

Differential Equations

The toolbox solves initial-value problems in systems of Ordinary Differential Equations (ODEs), Delay Differential Equations (DDEs) and Stochastic Differential Equations (SDEs). It can also be applied to Partial Differential Equations (PDEs).

Combinatorial Power

The hub-and-spoke architecture of the toolbox allows unlimited combinations of display panels and numerical solvers to be applied to any model with no additional programming effort.

Programmable Controls

The graphical controls are accessible as workspace variables so that parameter sweeps can be automated from the command window.

Open Source

The source code is distributed under the 2-clause BSD license which is an approved license of the Open Source Initiative.

Open Source Initiative

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Official Handbook

The Handbook is the official guide to the Brain Dynamics Toolbox. It describes how to install the toolbox and build your own custom models.

Handbook for the Brain Dynamics Toolbox


First Prize Winner, Dynamical Systems 2018 Software Contest
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)

Postdoc / Junior Faculty Category

"A fantastic (and open) resource for all interested in simulating dynamical systems in neuroscience"
- Olaf Sporns, Provost Professor at Indiana University

"This easy-to-use toolbox has greatly enhanced the modelling work we do in our lab and I highly recommend it"
- Alex Fornito, Professor at Monash University

"An intuitive and insightful platform for modelling any dynamical system"
- Darragh Walsh, Postdoctoral Researcher at DCU Insight