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Bernstein Network News. Find the latest news from our researchers regarding current research results, new research projects and initiatives as well as awards and prizes.

Freiburg May 18, 2022

Ceremonial opening of the new research center “Institute for Machine-Brain Interfacing Technology”

Freiburg scientists at IMBIT conduct interdisciplinary research on human-machine interfaces


Berlin May 11, 2022

Beyond Explainable AI: Wojciech Samek and Klaus-Robert Mueller published new book on Explainable AI

To tap the full potential of artificial intelligence, not only do we need to understand the decisions it makes, these insights must also be made applicable. This is the aim of the new book "xxAI - Beyond Explainable AI”, edited by Wojciech Samek, head of the Artificial Intelligence department at the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI), and Klaus-Robert Mueller, professor of machine learning at the Technical University of Berlin (TUB) and director at BIFOLD. The publication is based on a workshop held during the International Conference on Machine Learning in 2020. Co-editors also include AI experts Andreas Holzinger, Randy Goebel, Ruth Fong and Taesep Moon. It is already the second publication by Samek and Mueller.


New York April 28, 2022

How the brain forms visual maps

Our brains have multiple maps that are needed to plan our movements, navigate our environments, and perceive the world through our senses. The brain maps of our visual world have been studied with greatest detail and provide an opportunity to understand how other brain maps form, organize and function.


Mainz April 5, 2022

Local motion detectors in fruit flies sense complex patterns generated by their own motion

Direction-selective neuron subtypes detect complex motion patterns and not uniform directions of motion


Mainz March 24, 2022

Marion Silies receives ERC Consolidator Grant for research on adaptive functions of visual systems

EU funding for work on the adaptive properties of visual systems of insects


Tübingen March 24, 2022

Estimating the pace of change

An international team of researchers from Tübingen and Cold Spring Harbor (New York) has found a pioneering way of determining at what pace changes typically happen. The new method avoids previous systematic errors in estimating timescales, for example of neural activity in the brain. The results are now being published in the journal Nature Computational Science; first applications of the method to neural recordings from the visual cortex highlight it as a powerful tool for neuroscience and many other disciplines.


Berlin March 22, 2022

The Art of Entanglement

A new artist in residence program explores the interplay between AI research and art


Freiburg March 16, 2022

How the brain rewires itself during learning

Researchers at the Bernstein Center in Freiburg develop a new model to understand plastic processes in the brain's networks


Freiburg March 9, 2022

Brains for Brains Young Researcher Award

The Brains for Brains Young Researcher Award is directed to young scientists outside Germany who have shown their outstanding potential at a very early career stage. It is endowed with a travel grant of 2.000 € allowing a trip to the Bernstein Conference and individually planned visits to labs within the Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience. This is one of two prizes awarded by the Bernstein Network. The aim is to spark international young researchers interest for a research career in Germany. Application deadline is April 24, 2022


Bonn March 9, 2022

Professor Dr. Julijana Gjorgjieva receives Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Price 2022

Four female and six male researchers will receive the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize this year, the top award for early career investigators in Germany. This was the result of a decision made by a selection committee appointed by the DFG and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

The prizes are each worth €20,000 and were handed over at a virtual event on 3 May.


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