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Valentino Braitenberg Award 2016 goes to David Willshaw

On September 21, 2016, at 3 p.m. the third Valentino Braitenberg Award for Computational Neuroscience will be presented - to David Willshaw from the University of Edinburgh, UK. The award ceremony will take place during the Bernstein Conference in Berlin (May 2016).

Valentino Braitenberg Award 2016 goes to David Willshaw

David Willshaw's major research interest is the application of the methods of computational neurobiology - mathematical analysis and computer simulation - to an understanding of the development and functioning of the nervous system.

His specific areas of interest are:

  • The mechanisms by which retinotopically ordered projections and patterns of ocular dominance are developed between vertebrate eye and brain.
  • The mechanisms for the elimination of polyinnervation in developing muscle.
  • The functioning of the basal ganglia and related structures and their role in Parkinson's Disease.
  • The role of the mammalian hippocampus, cerebellum and neocortex in the associative storage and retrieval of information in the brain.
  • Development of novel algorithms for combinatorial optimisation problems, such as the Travelling Salesman Problem.

The Braitenberg Award will be conferred on September 21, 2016, within the framework of the Bernstein Conference in Berlin which takes place in the main building of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Unter den Linden 6. The award ceremony - including a lecture by the awardee - will start at 3 p.m.

Valentino Braitenberg Award for Computational Neuroscience
The award is named after Prof. Dr. Valentino Braitenberg (1926, Bozen - 2011, Tübingen). Valentino Braitenberg was a pioneer of the modern research field of Computational Neuroscience and has significantly contributed to the development of biological cybernetics and also inspired robotics and artificial intelligence.

Please find further information on the Award's website.