Matthias Bethge

I did my undergraduate studies in physics and started working in computational neuroscience when I joined the MPI for dynamics and self-organization for my diploma project. Since then my research aims at understanding perceptual inference and self-organized collective information processing in distributed systems---two puzzling phenomena that contribute much to our fascination about living systems.
General principles are important but at the same time these principles need to be grounded in reality. Therefore, a large part of my research focuses on the mammalian visual system working closely together with experimentalists ( Andreas Tolias , Thomas Euler , Felix Wichmann ). I also work on neural coding in other sensory systems (collaborations with Cornelius Schwarz )

More generally, I want my work to have a positive impact on many people's lives. I enjoy collaboration and learning new things every day. Besides working together with a great team of people to develop new ideas and bring them to life I have a few other jobs that I am committed to:

Chair of the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Tuebingen
Deputy chair of the Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience
Board member of the Werner-Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience
Program coordinator of the Graduate School of Neural Information Processing
Associate Editor of PLOS Computational Biology
University of Tuebingen BCCN CIN MPI