Lubomir Kostal

Institute of Physiology CAS
Dept. of Computational Neuroscience
Videnska 1083
142 20 Prague 4
Czech Republic

Phone: +420 2 4106 2276
Fax: +420 2 4106 2488

ResearcherID: B-7468-2012
ORCID: 0000-0002-2708-6268

Affiliation and positions

2014-present: Head of the Department of Computational Neuroscience, Institute of Physiology
2013: Associated scientist, dept. of Computational Neuroscience, Institute of Physiology
2007-2012: Postdoc
2004-2007: PhD student
2004: Assistant, Institute of Physiology

Visiting and temporal positions

Long-term stay in the lab of Dr. Jean-Pierre Rospars, INRA, Versailles, France (intermittently 2005-2009), member of the team in the projects: Barrande and ECO-NET 12644PF

Research interests

Applications of information theory and estimation theory to computational neuroscience; Metabolic cost of neuronal information and coding efficiency; Measures of neuronal spiking variability; Insect olfaction

Publications in journals

  1. Levakova M, Tamborrino M, Kostal L, Lansky P (2017) Accuracy of rate coding: When shorter time window and higher spontaneous activity help, Physical Review E, 95, 022310, DOI link.

  2. Levakova M, Tamborrino M, Kostal L, Lansky P (2016) Presynaptic spontaneous activity enhances the accuracy of latency coding, Neural Computation, 28, 2162-2180, DOI link.

  3. Kostal L (2016) Stimulus reference frame and neural coding precision, Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 71, 22-27, DOI link, preprint (PDF).

  4. Kostal L, Lansky P (2016) Coding accuracy on the psychophysical scale, Scientific Reports, 6, 23810, Full text.

  5. Kostal L, Shinomoto S (2016) Efficient information transfer by Poisson neurons, Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering, 13, 509-520, DOI link, preprint (PDF).

  6. Kostal L, Kobayashi R (2015) Optimal decoding and information transmission in Hodgkin-Huxley neurons under metabolic cost constraints, BioSystems, 136, 3-10, DOI link, preprint (PDF).

  7. Kostal L, Lansky P, Pilarski S (2015) Performance breakdown in optimal stimulus decoding, Journal of Neural Engineering, 12, 036012, DOI link, preprint (PDF).

  8. Kostal L, Lansky P (2015) Coding accuracy is not fully determined by the neuronal model, Neural Computation, 27, 1051-1057, DOI link, preprint (PDF).

  9. Koyama S, Kostal L (2014) The effect of interspike interval statistics on the information gain under the rate coding hypothesis, Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering, 11, 63-80, DOI link.

  10. Kostal L, Lansky P (2013) Information capacity and its approximations under metabolic cost in a simple homogeneous population of neurons, BioSystems, 112, 265-275, DOI link, preprint (PDF).

  11. Kostal L, Lansky P, McDonnell MD (2013) Metabolic cost of neuronal information in an empirical stimulus-response model, Biological Cybernetics, 107, 355-365, DOI link, preprint (PDF).

  12. Kostal L, Lansky P, Pokora O (2013) Measures of statistical dispersion based on Shannon and Fisher information concepts, Information Sciences, 235, 214-223, DOI link, preprint (PDF).

  13. Kostal L, Pokora O (2012) Nonparametric estimation of information-based measures of statistical dispersion, Entropy, 14, 1221-1233, Full text.

  14. Kostal L (2012) Approximate information capacity of the perfect integrate-and-fire neuron using the temporal code, Brain Research, 1434, 136-141, DOI link.

  15. Kostal L, Lansky P, Pokora O (2011) Variability measures of positive random variables, PLoS ONE, 6, e21998, Full text.

  16. Kostal L (2010) Information capacity in the weak-signal approximation, Physical Review E, 82, 026115, DOI link, preprint (arXiv).

  17. Kostal L, Marsalek P (2010) Neuronal jitter: can we measure the spike timing dispersion differently? Chinese Journal of Physiology, 53, 454-464, Full text.

  18. Kostal L, Lansky P (2010) Information transfer for small-amplitude signals, Physical Review E, 81, 050901(R), DOI link, preprint (arXiv).

  19. Kostal L, Lansky P (2008) Randomness of spontaneous activity and information transfer in neurons, Physiological Research, 57, 133-138.

  20. Kostal L, Lansky P, Rospars J-P (2008) Efficient olfactory coding in the pheromone receptor neuron of a moth, PLoS Computational Biology, 4, e1000053, Full text.

  21. Kostal L, Lansky P, Rospars J-P (2007) Review: Neuronal coding and spiking randomness, European Journal of Neuroscience, 26, 2693-2701, DOI link, preprint (PDF).

  22. Kostal L, Lansky P, Zucca C (2007) Randomness and variability of the neuronal activity described by the Ornstein-Uhlenbeck model, Network: Computation in Neural Systems, 18, 63-75, DOI link.

  23. Kostal L, Lansky P, Rospars J-P (2007) Encoding of pheromone intensity by dynamic activation of pheromone receptors, Neurocomputing, 70, 1759-1763, DOI link.

  24. Kostal L, Lansky P (2007) Variability and randomness in stationary neuronal activity, BioSystems, 89, 44-49, DOI link.

  25. Kostal L, Lansky P (2006) Classification of stationary neuronal activity according to its information rate, Network: Computation in Neural Systems, 17, 193-210, DOI link.

  26. Kostal L, Lansky P (2006) Similarity of interspike interval distributions and information gain in a stationary neuronal firing, Biological Cybernetics, 94, 157-167, DOI link.

  27. Duchamp-Viret P, Chaput MA, Kostal L, Lansky P, Rospars J-P (2005) Patterns of spontaneous activity in single rat olfactory receptor neurons are different in normally breathing and tracheotomized animals, Journal of Neurobiology (Developmental Neurobiology), 65, 97-114, DOI link.

Publications in books and peer-reviewed proceedings

  1. Kostal L, Lansky P, Pokora O (2012), How regular is neuronal activity?, in: ESANN 2012: The 20th European Symposium on Artificial Neural Networks, Computational Intelligence and Machine Learning, Bruges, pp. 495-500, Full text.

  2. Kostal L, Lansky P, Rospars J-P (2008) The Adaptation of the Moth Pheromone Receptor Neuron to its Natural Stimulus, in: AIP Conference Proceedings, Vol. 1028, Collective Dynamics: Topics on Competition and Cooperation in the Biosciences: A Selection of Papers in the Proceedings of the BIOCOMP2007 International Conference (eds. Ricciardi LM, Buonocore A, Pirozzi E), pp. 147-161, AIP, Melville, New York, DOI link.

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Invited talks

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Organization of workshops and conferences

Editorial duties


Popularization of science

Interviews for radio and TV: programmes of Czech Radio Vltava and Leonardo in 2008, 2012; radio Impuls 2012, main news programme of Czech TV in 2012 (coverage of Wichterle prize reception and Neural Coding 2012 workshop)

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Paintings and sketches

Sembera in Kozojedy


Barn in Poricany



Stream near Kozojedy


Willow near Sembera

Poplars in Poricany

Sembera stream in Poricany I

Sembera stream in Poricany II

Old poplar near Sembera

On the way between Poricany and Kounice

Old bridge near Tousice


Sembera near Poricany I

Winter morning near Jivak

Winter near Jivak

Sembera stream near Klucov

Sembera near Poricany II

Sembera stream near Poricany


Sembera stream near Kozojedy


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