Matthias Bethge

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Group Leader
My research goal is to understand how the brain makes sense of its high-dimensional sensory input. In particular, I seek to understand the formation of distributed neural representations in the early visual system by studying natural image statistics, unsupervised learning, and neural population coding, and by developing new data-analysis tools.

Heike König

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Judith Lam

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Bernstein Coordinator
At the Bernstein Center Tübingen, scientists from various disciplines, including theoretical and experimental neurobiology, machine learning, and medicine, collaborate in order to analyze the basis of inference processes in the brain. In particular, a main research goal is to understand the coordinated interaction of neurons during information processing.

Philipp Berens

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Project Leader
I use machine learning methods to study the diversity of cell types in the retina and the visual cortex, the circuits they form and how they perform visual computations. To this end, I work closely with the lab of Thomas Euler at the CIN/Tübingen and with the lab of Andreas Tolias at BCM/Houston. In addition, I teach statistics and neural data analysis at the Graduate School for Neural Information Processing.

Wieland Brendel

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Alexander Ecker

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The goal of my research is to understand how populations of neurons interact to process visual information. I combine multi-electrode recordings in primary visual cortex of monkeys with theoretical approaches to study population coding.

Alexander Mathis

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I am a Marie Curie fellow in the lab of Professor Venkatesh Murthy at the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University and with Professor Matthias Bethge at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience at the University of Tuebingen. My main research interests comprise active sensing, odor-guided navigation and optimal coding.

Tom Wallis

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How do we visually experience the world around us in a coherent way, simply from the patterns of photons hitting our retinae? While it seems effortless to us, the formation of this representation by the brain is decidedly difficult to explain. I am working with Prof. Bethge and Prof. Felix Wichmann investigating the mechanisms of visual representation using psychophysics and computational modelling.

Christian Behrens

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Graduate Student
I work on neural coding in the retina and data analysis.

Alexander Böttcher

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Graduate Student
My aim is to understand how the activity of sensory neurons leads to decisions taken by the brain. In particular, I am interested in neural population coding of the primary somatosensory cortex.

Leon Gatys

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Graduate Student
Deep convolutional neural networks are the first artificial systems that rival biology in terms of difficult perceptual inference tasks such as object recognition. At the same time, their hierarchical architecture and basic computational properties admit a fundamental similarity to real neural systems, making them compelling candidate models for studying visual information processing in the brain. Thus in my PhD project I seek to infer the neural organisation of visual perception from high-performing convolutional neural networks.

Matthias Kümmerer

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Graduate Student

Lucas Theis

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Graduate Student
A lot of evidence from theoretical considerations and biological observations points to the fact that a good representation for natural images should be hierarchically organized. Yet, the best known models of natural images are based on what is better described as shallow representations. My research aims at resolving this discrepancy by finding better strategies for capturing the regularities found in natural images in a hierarchical manner.

Debapriya Das

Email, Phone: +49 7071 29 88906
Research Assistant