About the Institute

The Institut für Neuroinformatik (INI) is a central research unit (Zentrale Wissenschaftliche Einrichtung) of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum.The interdisciplinary character of the INI makes that we are outside the formal disciplinary structure of the university,not part of any specific department, although we have close ties to the departments of physics and astronomy,electrical engineering and information technology, mathematics, biology, and psychology. We are linked to the Research Department Neuroscience and to the International Graduate School of Neuroscience.

Two chairs,

  • Theory of Cognitive Systems (headed by Prof. Dr. Gregor Schöner)
  • Theory of Neural Systems (headed by Prof. Dr. Laurenz Wiskott),

and one junior professorship

form the institutional back-bone of the INI.

The Director of the institute is currently Prof. Dr. Gregor Schöner, who is assisted by a 'Beirat' and a 'Vorstand' (see under 'Organizational Structure').Our research work is organized around scientifically autonomous research groups, each embedded in a primary discipline. Typically, a senior researcher is responsible for each group to which student assistants, doctoral students, and postdocs may belong. Research groups contribute to teaching, most prominently by supervising Bachelor and Master thesis projects.You find links to all people associated with the institute on the 'People' page, job openings on the 'Jobs' page.

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.

Universitätsstr. 150, Building NB, Room 3/32
D-44801 Bochum, Germany

Tel: (+49) 234 32-28967
Fax: (+49) 234 32-14210