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"I-See" - Improving intracortical visual prostheses

The project part of the PhD position comprises electrical stimulation in the mouse brain combined with cutting-edge (optogenetic) voltage-sensitive dye imaging techniques (Knöpfel Lab, Imperial College London). The aim of our international consortium (Switzerland, Canada, and Germany) is to improve the ability of cortical prostheses to 'mimic' the language of the brain and increase the safety and longevity of visual prosthetic devices.


Udo Ernst (Coordinator) and David Rotermund
Computational Neurophysics, Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Bremen.

Bogdan Draganski
Laboratory for Research in Neuroimaging, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, CHUV and University of Lau-sanne (UNIL), Lausanne, Switzerland.

Michael Herzog Laboratory of Psychophysics, École Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland.

Christopher Pack Dept. of Neurology & Neurosurgery and Montréal Neurological Institute, McGill University, Montréal, Canada.

Thomas Knöpfel Optogenetics and Circuit Neurosciences at Imperial College, Division of Brain Sciencesl, UK.

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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