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Robert Gütig now Professor in Berlin's Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure

Since April 1st, Robert Gütig is Professor for Mathematical Modelling of Neuronal Learning at Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Berlin Institute of Health BIH.
Robert Gütig now Professor in Berlin's Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure

Dean A. Pries (li) und R. Gütig (re); credit: Charité/Peitz

Berlin, April 3, 2018

 Robert Gütig's research centers on learning processes in neuronal networks. At Charité and the Berlin Institute of Health BIH, he wants to make theoretical insights applicable for clinical medicine.

How do neurons  acquire knowledge? How do learning processes work in the neuronal networks of the brain? And how can neurological processes be modelled with the help of a computer? As an expert in computational neuroscience, Robert Gütig tackles these central questions in his research. With the help of mathematical models, he  is able to simulate parts of the nervous system. Thus, it is possible to better comprehend complex processes inside the nervous system.

Prof. Dr. Axel Radlach Pries, Dean of Charité is excited: "With Professor Gütig, we gain an excellent mathematician and expert in computational neuroscience. We are excited that he will enrich our Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure with his expertise."

Professor Gütig investigates which algorithms guide our brain. He asks, for instance, how thought processes can be revealed in a neuronal network. This basic knowledge is important to understand how we process information and how we learn. Here, the neuroscientist develops mathematical models for biological neuronal networks. With the help of these simulations, the processing of sensory input, like noise or odor, can be visualised in the brain. His goal is to analyse the functionality of biological neuronal networks and to deduct rules about learning.

"At Charité, I would like to advance the modelling of neuronal networks consisting of different layers, so that we can use these for more complex neuronal circuits and get a more realistic picture of cellular processes, " Gütig explains. He wants to make basic research applicable for clinical medicine. "I am  looking forward to integrate the present theoretical insights into clinical applications at Charité."

(Text based on press release of Charité, translation Bernstein Network)

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