The Institute

INI Groupphoto

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.