Alexander Ecker
Group leader

I want to understand how neural systems perform visual perception. At the interface of computer vision and neuroscience, I try to understand both how biological vision works and how to teach computers to make sense of images. I use an interdisciplinary approach that combines methods from machine learning and computer vision with behavioral studies and neuronal population recordings in the brain.
+49 551 39 21272
Room: 2.137

Marita Schwahn
Team assistant

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Room: 2.140

Timo Lüddecke

I am interested in teaching computers to understand visual scenes and applying computer vision systems to real- world problems. Particularly, my research focuses on the interpretation and anticipation of actions by learning powerful visual (or multimodal) representations. My goal is to enable robotic systems to act autonomously - so I can watch them while they do my work.
Room: 2.132

Santiago Cadena
Phd Student

I study visual processing in the brain by building predictive models of population responses from the macaque and rodent brains to image and video sequences. I leverage on advances in machine learning and computer vision to both improve predictive power and to gain insights into the nonlinear computations of visual neurons. My goal is to be able to use these insights to enhance current computer vision methods.

Claudio Michaelis
Phd Student

Humans do not only excel at acquiring novel concepts from a single demonstration but can also readily identify or reproduce them. When shown a new object humans have no problem pointing at similar objects or drawing their outlines. My goal is to bring similar capabilities to computer vision systems.

Max Burg
Phd Student

I want to understand visual perception in the brain by leveraging novel machine learning techniques to build predictive models of neural population responses to natural images. Especially, I think it is important to combine a model’s predictive accuracy with interpretability to gain insights into mechanisms of biological computation. I am excited by the idea to implement the biologically inspired building blocks we develop into artificial neural networks.

Marissa Weis
Phd Student

My research goal is to understand how visual perception in the brain works and how to apply this knowledge to improve perception in artificial neural networks. I work at the intersection of computational neuroscience and machine learning. I’m especially interested in unsupervised representation learning and to understand how the notion of objects arises in visual perception in biological systems and how we can use this knowledge to improve scene understanding of artificial neural networks.
Room: 2.127

Michaela Vystrčilová
Phd Student

The visual system does not act as a mere camera. As early as in the retina, the brain starts to interpret the information it receives in order to build the perception of visual reality we experience. My goal is to shed more light on this process. Taking advantage of recent deep learning methods, I work on building retinal models that enable us to gain more insight into processing in the earliest stages of the visual system.
Room: 2.126

Laura Pede
Phd Student

I am interested in finding answers for questions about how we acquire and process visual information, and how we use this information to learn. My goal is to understand how visual perception, information processing and learning works and to use this knowledge to build intelligent systems. I am working at the intersection of computer science and neuroscience by developing methods for analyzing the early visual system of the brain.
Room: 2.127

Richard Vogg
Phd Student

I work with computer vision techniques to help researchers who study social relationships of monkeys in the wild. Watching hours of video material can be tiring and a source for mistakes. I want to automate and improve this process by training deep learning algorithms to understand and analyze what is happening in the videos.
Room: 2.126

Lisa Joosten
Student Assistant

I am working with image and video labeling software to create annotations in monkey videos. These are used for supervised training.


Dustin Theobald
Bachelor's student

Broad interest in data science topics. Currently writing my bachelor thesis on self-supervised learning.

Kai Cohrs
Master's student

At the Neural Data Science group, I am working on models that predict neural responses from different areas of a macaque's visual system simultaneously. My goal is to learn something about the signal flow between those areas. Beyond that, my main interest lies in probabilistic and Bayesian machine learning which I would like to use to make ML more robust. I am fascinated by how these approaches allow us to quantify the uncertainty of our models helping us to make their usage safer.

Linus Wagner
Bachelor's student

During my time at the Neural Data Science Group I focused on extending a convolutional neural network for modelling neural data in mouse primary visual cortex to take into account noise correlations.

Vitus Benson
Bachelor's student

I study how we as a society can leverage both physical understanding and data-driven models for tackling complex challenges. At the Neural Data Science group I build robust deep learning models for trustworthy automated building damage assessment after natural disasters.
Neural Data Science Group
Institute of Computer Science
University of Goettingen