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We welcome our new colleague Professor Robert Schmidt!

Starting this September 2022, Robert Schmidt joins us as the Professor for Neural Data Science. His research focusses on neural mechanisms of cognitive function using advanced data analysis techniques and computational modeling.  His goal is to understand the neurobiological mechanisms of motivation, memory and decision-making processes, focussing on prefrontal and basal ganglia circuits and the neuromodulator dopamine.

Robert Schmidt studied Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück, including a semester abroad in Australia, then continued his studies with a Postgraduate Diploma and a Master in Neuroscience at the University of Otago in New Zealand, and finally received his PhD summa cum laude in 2010 at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience of Humboldt-Universität, Berlin. His career included stints at the University of Michigan,  at the Cluster of Excellence called BrainLinks-BrainTools of the University of Freiburg and most recently a lectureship at the University of Sheffield (UK). 

We are looking forward very much to interacting and working with Robert at the INI! 

The Institut für Neuroinformatik (INI) is a central research unit of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. We aim to understand the fundamental principles through which organisms generate behavior and cognition while linked to their environments through sensory systems and while acting in those environments through effector systems. Inspired by our insights into such natural cognitive systems, we seek new solutions to problems of information processing in artificial cognitive systems. We draw from a variety of disciplines that include experimental approaches from psychology and neurophysiology as well as theoretical approaches from physics, mathematics, electrical engineering and applied computer science, in particular machine learning, artificial intelligence, and computer vision.

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