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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.

Grafik mit Fernsehturm Berlin/ Graphics with Fernsehturm Berlin
Freiburg/ Berlin September 16, 2019

Signal Processing at its most advanced. Bernstein Conference attracts brain scientists from all over the world to Berlin

Currently, Artificial Intelligence is often at the center of many debates. Yet, how strongly different research disciplines are interconnected in AI is often unclear to many. At the borders between the neurosciences and the natural sciences, computational neuroscientists worldwide are exploring different questions and yet always come back to the best example: the natural brain. During the international Bernstein Conference on Computational Neuroscience from September 18-20 in Berlin, experts of deep learning, evolutionary brain research and applied AI will discuss current scientific topics.

Eine Ratte beim Versteckspiel/ A rat playing hide and seek
Berlin September 13, 2019

Rats play hide and seek

All around the world children play hide and seek. But do animals do so too? In a recent study, scientists from the Bernstein Center Computational Neuroscience (BCCN) Berlin and the Humboldt University Berlin show that rats can quickly learn a rat-human version of the game and can easily switch between different roles – hiding and searching. The scientists suspect that hide and seek has its origins much earlier in evolution than previously thought.

Darstellung des medialen Kniehöckers im Gehirn von menschlichen Testpersonen /Visualization of the medial geniculate body (MGB) in the brain of human test persons
Dresden August 28, 2019

Can you hear what I say?

Neuroscientists at TU Dresden were able to prove that speech recognition in humans begins in the sensory pathways from the ear to the cerebral cortex and not, as previously assumed, exclusively in the cerebral cortex itself.

Reagenzgläser auf Pallette mit grüner Flüssigkeit/ Test tubes on pallet with green liquid
Berlin August 27, 2019

Machine learning moves into chemistry

BASF and Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) have signed an agreement to cooperate closely in the area of machine learning. The aim of the Berlin-based Joint Lab for Machine Learning (BASLEARN) is to develop workable new mathematical models and algorithms for fundamental questions relating to chemistry, for example from process or quantum chemistry. Both partners are jointly committed to this aim in the coming years. As an essential part of the cooperation, BASF will support the research work of Dr. Klaus Robert Müller, professor of machine learning and spokesperson for the Berlin Center for Machine Learning at TU Berlin, with a total of over €2.5 million over the coming five years.

Portrait Markus Diesmann
Mainz August 6, 2019

Markus Diesmann full member of the the Academy of Sciences and Literature | Mainz

The Academy of Sciences and Literature | Mainz has admitted six new members. The full members now include Markus Diesmann, neuroscientist, Elisabeth Rieken, linguist, and Judith Schalansky, author. New corresponding members are Lutz H. Gade, chemist, Wulfram Gerstner, neuroscientist, and Aleš Šteger, author.

Grafik Dynamik in neuronalen Netzwerken/ Graphic Dynamics in Neuronal Networks
Jülich July 16, 2019

Hidden Dynamics Detected in Neuronal Networks

Neuronal networks in the brain can process information particularly well when they are close to a critical point – or so brain researchers had assumed based on theoretical considerations. However, experimental investigations of brain activity revealed much fewer indicators of such critical states than expected. Scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich and RWTH Aachen University have now proposed a possible explanation. They showed that neuronal networks can assume a second, previously unknown critical mode whose hidden dynamics are almost impossible to measure with conventional methods.

Graphische Darstellung einer transkraniellen Hirnstimulation/ Illustration of a transcranial brain stimulation
Freiburg June 28, 2019

Simulating the effect of transcranial brain stimulation

The long-lasting aftereffects of non-invasive transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) promise an alleviation of severe symptoms of diseases like depressive disorder or chronic pain. In a new modeling study, researchers from the Bernstein Center Freiburg suggest that the aftereffects observed in experiments may be a consequence of homeostatic network growth. Their model is based on the idea that the stimulation triggers a rearrangement of synaptic couplings among stimulated and unstimulated neurons, eventually leading to network remodeling and cell assembly formation.

Stadien der Embryonalentwicklung von Drosophila/ Stages of embryonic development of drosophila
Göttingen June 17, 2019

Research funding for the digital orientation of Life Sciences

Funding of "Deep Learning Methods for Association Studies of Transcriptomic and Systemic Dynamics in Morphogenetically Active Tissues"

Fingergelenke einer Hand beim Greifen eines Objektes/ Finger joints of a hand when gripping an object
Göttingen June 17, 2019

Recognizing pathological movement patterns – with the help of artificial intelligence

Göttingen research project "Deep Movement Diagnostics" receives around 1.2 million euros for the development of three-dimensional reconstructions of movement patterns

Portrait Tuan Pham
Freiburg June 5, 2019

Brains for Brains Award 2019 for Tuan Pham from Vietnam/ USA

Tuan Pham from the University of Chicago (USA) will be awarded this year's Brains for Brains Young Researchers Award of the Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience.

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