The Bernstein Center Tübingen is dedicated to research and teaching in computational neuroscience, with a focus on combining neuroscience and artificial intelligence (AI) research. Advances in AI research, in particular in the field of machine learning, are providing powerful new methods for analyzing the increasingly large and complex data sets of modern neuroscience experiments to understand how the brain works. Conversely, insights from neuroscience provide important inspiration and ideas for AI research: for example, the brain provided the blueprint for artificial neural networks, which today are the basis of deep learning. A good example of cooperation from these disciplines is the Collaborative Research Center 1233 ‘Robust Vision’, which started in 2017 and investigates vision from both a biological and technical perspective, in numerous interdisciplinary collaborative projects.
A second focus is on linking basic research and clinical applications, and in particular to use Methods and findings from computational neuroscience and AI research for the diagnosis and therapy of neuronal dysfunction.