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Scientific Cooperations

We are working on multi-scale models of the brain, including data-driven theory, bottom-up simulations and functional top-down models. Our institute realizes the research goals in close cooperations with experimental and theoretical groups. Here you find a list of our partners.

Scientific Cooperations (selection, in alphabetical order)

Moshe Abeles

Moshe Abeles, The Leslie and Susan Gonda (Goldschmied) Multidisiplinary Brain Research Center, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel.
The way in which perceptions, memories, intentions, etc., are represented in the nervous activity of the brain is not known. The main focus of Moshe Abeles' field of investigation is to discover these representations and understand the neuronal mechanism which generates them. Read more

Tonio Ball

Tonio Ball, Bernstein Center Freiburg, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany.

Tonio Ball's research focuses on (i) recording and analysis of electrophysiological data in humans, (ii) functional MRI and (iii) functional anatomy of the cortical motor system. See here for more details.

Thomas Brochier

Thomas Brochier, Institut de Neurosciences de la Timone (INT), CNRS-AMU, Marseille, France.

See here for more information.

Andrew Davison

Andrew Davison, Institut de Neurobiologie Alfred Fessard, CNRS, Unité de Neurosciences Intégratives et Computationnelles (UNIC), Gif sur Yvette, France.

Andrew Davison is leading the Neuroinformatics group at UNIC. His main research interests are in large-scale, data-constrained, biologically-detailed modelling of neuronal networks. See here for more info on his work.

Gaute Einevoll

Gaute Einevoll, Department of Mathematical Sciences and Technology, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB), Aas, Norway.

Gaute Einevoll's present research activity is in computational neuroscience and neuroinformatics where he has a cross-disciplinary research group at UMB. He is interested in various problems related to the function of nerve cells and networks of nerve cells. More specifically he presently works on: the interpretation of electrical potentials measured extracellularly in the brain, neuron and network models of sensory processing (vision, whisking), network models for populations of nerve cells in cortex, interaction between nerve cells and glia cells, and the development of simulation tools. See here for more information.

Ichiro Fuchita

Ichiro Fujita, Laboratory for Cognitive Neuroscience, Osaka University, Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences, Osaka, Japan.

Ichiro Fuchita's group studies the neural mechanisms underlying visual perception and recognition. See here for more information.

George Gerstein

George Gerstein, Institute of Neurological Sciences, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA.

George Gerstein's laboratory studies the nervous system at the level of neuronal assemblies both experimentally and with computer modeling. The experiments involve technology to record in parallel the spike train activity of some 20 neurons in a small brain region. See here for more information on his work.

Marc Oliver Gewaltig

Marc-Oliver Gewaltig, In-Silico Neuroscience - Cognitive Architectures, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Marc-Oliver Gewaltig holds a Ph.D. in Physics. From 1998, he worked for Honda R&D Europe in Offenbach/Main, Germany. In 2003, he became Project Manager for Computational Neuroscience at the Honda Research Institute Europe, where he developed detailed columnar models of information processing in the primate visual cortex. In 2011, he joined the Blue Brain Project to head the Neurorobotics group. He has a strong interest in the computer science and technology for large-scale neural simulations. He is co-author of the neural simulation tool NEST and co-founder of the NEST Initiative. See here for more information.

John Hertz

John Hertz, Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark and NORDITA, Stockholm, Sweden.

John Hertz' research interersts are statistical physics, particulalry: glasses, spin glasses, networks, biological information processing. See here for more info on his work.

Rob Kass

Rob Kass, Department of Statistics, Department of Machine Learning, and Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA.

Rob Kass' research focus has been in Bayesian inference and, beginning in 2000, in the application of statistics to neuroscience. He is known not only for his methodological contributions, but also for several major review articles. See here for more information.

Pedro Maldonado

Pedro Maldonado. Laboratorio de neurosistemas, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile.

Pedro Maldonado is Professor at the Biomedical Sciences Institute and Principal Investigator at the Biomedical Neurosciences Institute and Neuroscience of Memory Center at the Universidad de Chile in Santiago, see here.

Karlheinz Meier

Karlheinz Meier, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Kirchhoff Institute for Physics, Heidelberg University, Germany.

Karlheinz Meier is a professor of experimental physics at Heidelberg University in Germany. He received his PhD in 1984 from Hamburg University. For more than 30 years he worked in experimental particle physics, contributing to several experiments at the CERN and DESY laboratories. He designed and implemented a large-scale data selection system for an LHC experiment at CERN: Since 2005 he has shifted his interest towards custom hardware implementations of neural circuits. He has initiated and led 2 major European initiatives in the field (FACETS and BrainScaleS) and is currently co-director of the Human Brain Project. See here for more information.

Kenji Morita

Kenji Morita, Physical and Health Education, Graduate School of Education, The University of Tokyo, Japan.

See here for more information on Kenji Morita's work.

Martin Nawrot

Martin Nawrot, Theoretical Neuroscience / Neuroinformatics, Freie Univerity Berlin, Germany.

The group is interested in unraveling principles of information processing in neural systems. A central approach is to design mathematical and computational models of neural function and animal behavior. In close collaboration with experimental partners, the performs analyses of physiological and behavioural data and put our models to test. See here for more information.

Frank Ohl

Frank Ohl, Department Systemphysiology, Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology Magdeburg, Germany.

Frank Ohl's primary backgrounds are animal physiology and computational neuroscience; his main interest is the brain mechanisms that underlie cognition. See here for more information.

Ileana Livia Hanganu-Opatz

Ileana L. Hanganu-Opatz,Center for Molecular Neurobiology Hamburg (ZMNH), Germany.

The group aims at elucidating the mechanisms underlying the maturation of neuronal networks under physiological and pathophysiological conditions. It assesses the role of early network oscillations for the development of communication in the brain in relationship with cognitive behavior and multisensory perception. The group combines electrophysiological methods and optogenetics with imaging and behavioral assessment. The following main topics are being investigated: (i) Development of neuronal networks accounting for cognitive processing; (ii) Uni- and multisensory processing and ontogeny; (iii) Dysfunction of neuronal networks and their early oscillations under pathological conditions (e.g. neuropsychiatric disorders, perinatal hypoxia-ischemia). See here for more information.

Gordon Pipa

Gordon Pipa, Cognitive Science, University of Osnabrück, Osnabrück, Germany.

The focus of Gordon Pipa's research is on understanding how information processing and cognitive phenomena can arise from the collective self-organization of elements interacting across many spatial and temporal scales. In particular, we study (1) synchronization of neuronal activity in delay-coupled systems, (2) information processing in self-organized complex systems in different dynamical states, i.e. self-organized criticality, and (3) the use of time series analysis for understanding how information flow can take place between neural activity occurring at different spatial and temporal scales. See here for more information.

Hans Ekkehard Plesser

Hans Ekkehard Plesser, Department of Mathematical Sciences and Technology, Norwegian University of Life Sciences.

Hans Ekkehard Plesser is a longterm collaborator on our NEST activities. See here for more information about his work and background.

Alexa Riehle

Alexa Riehle, Institut de Neurosciences de la Timone (INT), CNRS-AMU, Marseille, France.

Alexa Riehle's team investigates higher cognitive motor processes and the underlying dynamics of cooperative, distributed cortical networks. The experiments involve massively parallel multi-electrode recording techniques in the behaving monkey. See here fore more information on her work.

Stefan Rotter

Stefan Rotter, Bernstein Center Freiburg, Faculty of Biology, University of Freiburg, Germany.

Stefan Rotter's research topics are in particular: computational neuroscience & brain theory, relations between structure, dynamics & function in neuronal networks, spiking activity dynamics in recurrent networks and dynamic ensemble coding in structured networks. See here for more information.

Shigeru Shinomoto

Shigeru Shinomoto, Physics Department, Kyoto University, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan.

The research interests of Shinomoto group comprise: Neural coding and computation, seismological activity and social communication. See here for more information.

Hiroshi Tamura

Hiroshi Tamura, Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences, Osaka University, Japan.

See here for more information on Hiroshi Tamura's work.

Visiting Scientists at INM-6/IAS-6

  • Mikael Djurfeldt, International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF), PDC Center for High Performance Computing at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden (since 2013)
  • George Gerstein, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA (Mar-Apr 2012)
  • John Hertz, Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark and Nordita, Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden (Apr 2011 and Dec 2013)

  • Henrik Linden, Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (June – Aug 2011)
  • Pedro E Maldonado, Programa Disciplinario de Fisiología y Biofísica, Instituto de Ciencias Biomédicas Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Chile. Santiago, Chile (since 2013)

  • Hans Ekkehard Plesser, Department of Mathematical Sciences and Technology, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway (since 2013)
  • Barry J. Richmond, Section on Neural Coding and Computation, Laboratory of Neuropsychology, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Bethesda, Maryland, USA, Apr 2013

  • Alexa Riehle, Institut de Neurosciences de la Timone (INT), CNRS-AMU, Marseille, France (since Mar 2013)

Scientific Stays (since 2011)

  • Dec 2014 with Profs. I. Fujita and H. Tamura, Osaka Univ, Osaka, Japan
  • Aug 2014 Sonja Grün and Markus Diesmann with Prof. G. Gerstein, Univ. Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
  • Jan 2014 Sonja Grün with Profs. I. Fujita and H. Tamura, Osaka Univ, Osaka, Japan
  • May 2013 Sonja Grün with Prof. G. Gerstein, Univ. Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
  • Nov 2011 Sonja Grün with Prof. G. Gerstein, Univ. Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

Institutional Collaborations (selection)

We are closely linked to several national and international research institutions and facilities. Among others, these are:

The „National Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience“ (NNCN) is a funding initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) that fosters the research discipline of Computational Neuroscience. It establishes regional centers and nation-wide interconnections. Read more.
JSC - Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Jülich, Germany
INCF - International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility, Stockholm, Sweden
GRS - German Research School for Simulation Sciences, Jülich/Aachen, Germany
RIKEN BSI - RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Wako City, Japan
SimLab Neuroscience - Simulation Laboratory Neuroscience, Bernstein Facility Simulation and Database Technology, Jülich, Germany