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In the Computational Systems Neuroscience group we investigate information processing in nervous systems of different animal models. In an interdisciplinary team we combine theoretical and experimental approaches with the ultimate goal to formulate valid theories and testable model hypotheses.

One major focus of our research is placed on the neuronal processes underlying sensation, memory formation, and decisions in insects. Insects are equipped with highly evolved sensory systems and express complex context-dependent behavior, and they share fundamental mechanisms of neuronal processing with higher animals. Yet, insects have very limited neuronal resources in the order of 100k (flies) to 1Mio (bees and ants) neurons. Thus, insects are of particular interest for studying efficient coding strategies and they are ideally suited for the simulation of biologically realistic brain models.

We are part of:
DFG Research Unit Structure, Plasticity and Behavioral Function of the Drosophila Mushroom Body (FOR 2705)
Graduate School Neural Circuit Analysis (DFG-RTG 1960)
Center for Data and Simulation Science
Competence Area III (University of Cologne)
Smart Start Training Program in Computational Neuroscience
National Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience (NNCN)