Brain function, development and adaptive self-organization
Perhaps nowhere is the interrelation between collective dynamics and function more fascinating than in neuronal circuits. Broadly speaking, our group seeks to understand how living systems exploit the dynamics arising from the interplay among their various components to execute their various functions. Focusing on visual and auditory perception, we study how representations of the sensory world arise from cortical network interactions. Here, we are aiming to bridge perceptual and developmental time scales. In early developing embryos, we study how the structure of the body and its internal organs arise from orchestrated shape changes and movements of large numbers of cells.
Our group works at the interface between physics, computer science and biology. In support of our purely theoretical studies, we collaborate with several experimental groups and put significant emphasis on quantitative description of experimental data
Neural maps versus salt-and-pepper organization in visual cortex
Current Opinion in Neurobiology, themed issue on neural maps [link]
Common design of orientation columns in the visual cortex
A volume conservation principle in tissue morphogenesis