The focus of my research is the development of new methods for the analysis of structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging data (MRI) of the human brain.
Two aspects play a key role in strategies for MRI data analysis: first, it is now recognized that the human brain is a complex adaptive system and exhibits the hallmarks of complexity such as emergence of patterns arising out of a multitude of interactions between its many constituents. Second, the field of fMRI has evolved into a data-intensive, ``big data'' endeavour with large databases and masses of data being shared around the world. At the same time, ultra-high field MRI scanners are now available producing data at previously unobtainable quality and quantity. Both aspects have led to shifts in the way in which we view fMRI data.
1999: Habilitation in applied computer science, Technical University of Munich
1991: Doctorate in Computer Science, Technical University of Munich
1984: Diploma in Mathematics, University of Muenster
1984 - 1991: German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
1991 - 1995: Institute of Informatics, Technical University of Munich.
1995 - 2013: Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig
since 2013: Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics and University Clinic, Tuebingen
Scholarships / international experience:
1989 - 1990: Univ of Massachussetts, Amherst, MA, USA (DAAD scholarship)
1980 - 1981: Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA (Fulbright scholarship)