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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.

Vienna June 13, 2022

Reading center in the brain builds a word filter

Recognizing words is the basis of understanding the meaning of a text. When we read, we move our eyes very efficiently and fast from word to word. Generally, this flow is only interrupted when we encounter an unfamiliar word. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), an international team of scientists at the University of Vienna and Goethe University Frankfurt discovered that the distinction of familiar words and unfamiliar strings of characters, in the sense of a filtering process, also serves well as a model for the patterns of brain activity which are observed during reading. This filter is located in the lower left temporal lobe, a brain area which is important for the visual word recognition. These results were recently published in PLOS Computational Biology.


Berlin June 13, 2022

Horizon Europe: Charité coordinates four new EU projects

Three European collaborative projects and one comprehensive infrastructure project, all of which are to be led by researchers from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Berlin Institute of Health at Charité (BIH), have been given the go-ahead by the EU Commission. Charité researchers will also be involved in two further projects which are due to be launched. The new Charité-led projects will address mental health issues, an innovative cell therapy, prognosis after stroke, and virtual models of the brain. Charité will receive appropriately € 7 million in funding for this research. The EU’s framework program for research and innovation is the largest single-source funding program in the world.


Freiburg June 10, 2022

Brains for Brains Award 2022 for Simone Azeglio from Italy

Simone Azeglio from Italy will be awarded this year's Brains for Brains Young Researcher Award of the Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience.


Mainz, Mannheim June 10, 2022

Functional MRI for mice and humans: more direct translation of learning processes

Researchers have succeeded in identifying a network in the brain of mice that plays an important role in learning expectations and is remarkably similar to the network in the human brain.


Berlin June 9, 2022

International Master Program “Computational Neuroscience” successfully re-accredited

The “Master Program Computational Neuroscience”, which started in October 2006 at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin (BCCN Berlin), has successfully been re-accredited by the system accreditation commission of the Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) and is accredited until June 8, 2028. The “Zentrale Evaluations- und Akkreditierungsagentur (ZEvA)” (Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency) assigned in July 2021 the right of system accreditation to the TU Berlin. Thus, the TU Berlin can accredit their study programs with an internal commission.


Freiburg May 31, 2022

“FreiPose” enables measurement of neuronal activity during the movement of individual body parts

New tracking method captures 3D motion of body points and can factor out the influence of unwanted movement


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


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