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Brains for Brains Awardees 2013

On September 27, 2013, the Bernstein Association for Computational Neuroscience for the fourth time conferred the "Brains for Brains Young Researchers' Computational Neuroscience Awards". The prizes were presented during the Bernstein Conference in Tübingen (October 2013).

With the Brains for Brains Award, the Bernstein Association for Computational Neuroscience honors young scientists that plan to pursue a research career in computational neuroscience and who have achieved scientific publications at a very early stage of their careers. Applications were invited from students from relevant disciplines who had at least one peer reviewed publication (as coauthor) or a peer reviewed conference abstract (as first author) that resulted from predoctoral studies and was accepted or published in 2012 or 2013.

The following applicants were selected for a Brains for Brains award:

  • Ralph Bourdoukan (École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France)
    R. Bourdoukan, D. Barrett, C. Machens, S. Deneve (2012). Learning Optimal Spike-based Representations.
    Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 25 (NIPS 2012).
  • Marta Bisio (Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Genova, Italy)
    J. Tessadori, M. Bisio, S. Martinoia and M. Chiappalone (2012) Modular neuronal assemblies embodied in a closed-loop environment:
    toward future integration of brains and machines. Frontiers in Neural Circuits 6:99.

From left to right: Karl-Heinz Boven (Multi Channel Systems MCS GmbH, sponsor), awardee Marta Bisio (Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Genova, Italy), awardee Ralph Bourdoukan (École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France), Andrea Huber Brösamle (Bernstein Coordination Site). Image: Bernstein Coordination Site

Besides a 500 Euro cash prize, the award was endowed with a travel grant of up to 2.000 Euro covering a one-week trip to Germany and individually planned visits to up to two German research institions in Computational Neuroscience.

The awards were conferred on September 27 within the framework of the Bernstein Conference 2013 in Tübingen. The awardees presented their work in a short talk during the award ceremony as well as during one of the poster sessions.

Jury:

  • Jan Benda (Munich)
  • Arvind Kumar (Freiburg)
  • Robert Martin (Berlin)
  • Constantin Rothkopf (Frankfurt)
  • Kerstin Schwarzwälder (Freiburg)

The awards were made possible due to generous donations by:

  • Brain Products GmbH
  • Multi Channel Systems MCS GmbH