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Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN) Munich



Director: Prof. Dr. Andreas Herz
BCCN Munich


Neuronal representations of space and time are of fundamental importance for cognition and behavior – from localizing prey by auditory cues or visually detecting moving objects to the planning and neuronal control of future movements. Goal-directed self-motion relies on continually evaluating changing sensory inputs in real time and taking previously stored information into account to generate spatially coordinated and appropriately timed motor actions. screenshot6Our brain solves these challenging computational tasks with apparent ease, using intricate feedback circuits in distributed neural circuits whose functional architecture adapts over time. Pathologies of visuomotor control and age-related navigation deficits reveal that the underlying processes hang in a delicate balance; limitations and failures of current technical applications demonstrate that we have only rather restricted insight into some of the most basic functions of nervous systems. In recent years, there have been numerous exciting new discoveries about neuronal representations of space-time, as also shown by many publications from BCCN Munich.

Research projects at BCCN Munich cover and connect:

  • Experiment, data analysis, modeling and theoretical approaches
  • Neurobiology, clinical neuroscience, biomathematics, physics, computer science and engineering
  • Computational modeling on various levels; compartmental models of dendritic trees, simplified single-neuron models, networks of spiking neurons and models at the systems level
  • screenshot3Investigations on auditory, electrosensory, vestibular, and visual information processing
  • In-vitro recordings, in-vivo recordings as well as psychophysics and fMRI
  • Studies in different neuronal structures: brain stem, cortex, as well as insect receptor neurons and interneurons
  • Scientists from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU), Technical University of Munich (TUM), Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology (MPI), MED-EL Deutschland and NPI – Electronic Instruments for the Life Sciences

Together with five other Bernstein Centers, the BCCN Munich forms the core of the National Network Computational Neuroscience. Supported by highly competitive startup funds from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, more than 20 faculty positions have been newly created within the network, five of which are located at BCCN Munich.