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Marc-Oliver Gewaltig


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Research Topics

  • Theory of visual cortical processing
  • Simulation technology for large structured neuronal systems
  • Computational neuroscience



  • Non-linear dynamics
  • Statistical physics
  • Applied computer science
  • Parallel scientific computing



Academic Background

  • 1999: PhD in Physics, Thesis: Evolution of synchronous spike volleys in corticalnetworks (Reviewers: C. von der Malsburg, W. von Seelen, University of Bochum)
  • 1997 - 1999: PhD studies, Neurobiology & Biophysics (A. Aertsen), University of Freiburg (D)
  • 1994 - 1996: PhD studies, Inst. for Neuroinformatics (W. von Seelen), University of Bochum (D)
  • 1993: M.Sc. in Physics (Bochum, D)
  • 1991: Studies in Physics and Cognitive Science, University of Sussex (UK)
  • 1988 - 1993: Studies in Physics and Computer Science, University of Bochum (D)

Research Positions

  • Since  05/2011: Member of the Blue Brain Project at the EPFL in Lausanne
  • 2003 - 2011: Principal Scientist and project leader, Honda Research Institute Europe GmbH, Offenbach (D)
  • 1998 - 2002: Senior scientist and project leader, Future Technology Research (Prof. E. Körner) Honda R&D Europe (Deutschland) GmbH, Offenbach (D)
  • 1996 - 1998: Research Assistant, Neurobiology & Biophysics (A. Aertsen), Inst. Biology III, University of Freiburg (D)
  • 1994 - 1996: Research Assistant, Institute for Neuroinformatics (W. von Seelen), University of Bochum (D)


Scientific Honors, Editorial Boards, Other Scientific Activities

  • 2003 - present: Lectures at two weeks course on "Simulation of Biological Neural Networks", University of Freiburg
  • 2001 - present; Coordinator of the NEST Initiative, a cooperation between several labs on technology for the simulation of neural systems.
  • 1998 - present: Ad hoc reviewer for Biological Cybernetics
  • 1995: Scientific stay Weizmann Institute of Science (IL) (A. Aertsen)
  • 1995 - present: Supervision of MSc and PhD students


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