ET1 Sound Bites & Sonic Seasoning

Sound is the forgotten flavour sense. Everything from the sound of the crunch of the potato chip through the sizzle of the steak on the hotplate, the gurgling sounds of the coffee machine, and the ‘ding’ of the microwave; What we hear when we eat and drink can set our expectations and change our ...

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Charles Spence

ET2 The Politics of the Senses

In tonight’s lecture I would like to think in more detail about the politics of the senses. The way we sense and what we sense is often taken for granted, regarded as a psychobiological tool of perception or deemed as ‘natural’. In this lecture, I will draw on my research on urban change and redevelopment ...

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Monica Degen

ET3 From Optimization to Autonomous Driving

Mathematical research is supposedly always operated in secret. Tonight we want to pull the math, especially the discipline of optimization, into the light and directly see, how mathematical algorithms can be applied to the real life application of autonomous driving. My colleagues are working on the ...

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Matthias Knauer

ET4 Does Explainability make Sense?

Explainability is currently discussed as a solution to socio-technical challenges such as intelligent software providing incomprehensible decisions but affecting humans’ lives, or big data enabling fast learning but becoming too complex to fully comprehend and judge its achievements. With explainability, ...

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Katharina Rohlfing

BC1 The Eye, the Sky and Compass Orientation

The course will cover the range of eye design across the animal kingdom, with the limitations and benefits of different type of eyes. We will then move over to information contents of the sky, that includes patterns and structures not visible to the human eye. The last two sessions will present the form ...

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Marie Dacke

BC2 Introduction to Neuroscience

Lecture 1: Basics What does a neuroscientist do? What do nervous systems look like and how are they structured? Why do animals have nervous systems? What are neurons? How do neurons work and how do they communicate with each other? Lecture 2: Sensory and motor systems How do nervous systems sense the ...

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Till Bockemühl

BC3 Neural Population Dynamics during Learning

What is the neural basis of perception, action, and cognition? Now that we can record the activity of populations of neurons acting together, new answers are emerging. To interpret population recordings, we must draw on tools from machine learning. In this course, the chief application of these ideas ...

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Aaron Batista

BC4 Minds, Matter, and Machines

Session 1: The Mind/Body Problem The aim of the first session will be to introduce the mind/body problem and three classic (but ultimately problematic) solutions: dualism, behaviorism, and identity theory. Session 2: (Machine) Functionalism The second session will introduce a fourth solution to the ...

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Carlos Zednik

BC5 Sensor Systems and Cognitronics

1. Session: Sensor Technology Survey of the state of the art and future developments of basic sensor technologies. Introduction to a standard sensor processing flow. Comparison with biological senses. 2. Session: Signal Processing and Sensor Fusion Review of the most important standard signal processing ...

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Ulrich Rückert

MC1 Making Sense of Sensory Data with Generative Machine Learning

Introduction to probabilistic models of sensory data. From probabilistic models to unsupervised and supervised learning algorithms (mixture models, component analysis, and sparse coding). Advanced models, deep models and current limits. Probabilistic models and sensory systems of humans and animals. ...

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Jörg Lücke

MC2 Mixed Reality

Session 01: Virtual and Augmented Reality You will learn about Mixed Reality and its differentiation into Virtual and Augmented Reality, get to know some peculiarities of the human sensory systems and find out that there are many devices that have been created since the Wizard of Oz first tried to trick ...

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Thies Pfeiffer

Patrick Renner

MC3 Mathematical Cognitive Modeling

Psychology, and particularly cognition, has been notoriously difficult to formalize as a science. This is due in part to the complexity of the interactions between the environment and behavior. In this course I will give an overview of an approach to formalizing the study cognition through mathematical ...

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Joseph Houpt

MC4 Metrics of Success in Signal Processing and Machine Learning

Consider algorithms that improve signals by removing noise, or machine learning applications that detect moving objects in videos. How can we evaluate the success of such methods? Can we reliably compare the quality of two algorithms that were developed to perform the same task? What does it mean if ...

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Rafael Reisenhofer

MC5 Introduction to Natural Language Processing

Natural Language Processing has become one of the most important disciplines for information processing in the digital age. It is a broad field covering technologies as diverse as machine translation, information retrieval, sentiment analysis, chat bots or automatic speech recognition. And it brings ...

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Sina Zarrieß

PC1 Presence in Movement: Fundamentals of Mindful Ballet

how movement affects thoughts and emotions by combining introspective observation of the mind with simple ballet exercises. No prior ballet experience is required. We will alternate between guided sequences and free-form improvisation.

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Marieke van Vugt

PC2 Computer Graphics for Virtual Reality

In this course, we'll learn how fundamentals of the human visual system, the physics of light, linear algebra, and modern computer graphics architectures combine to create the 3D graphics used for video games and virtual reality applications. Session 1: 3D Geometry via Vertices and Matrix Multiplication ...

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Nicholas A. Del Grosso

PC3 Insights into your Robot - Seeing the World from their Perspective

First session - We will guide you into the world of robotics. - Starting with basic theory sessions, we will explore the capabilities of mobile robots. - We will look into locomotion, sensors and control algorithms. Second session - This session will give an introduction into the theoretical basis ...

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Michael Görner

Jochen Sprickerhof

PC4 Hands on High Performance Computing

This course will offer a very basic overview of common High Performance Computing (HPC) clusters running the Linux operating system. By courtesy of the bwHPC initiative for High Performance Computing in Baden-Württemberg, we will have access to the bwForCluster ...

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Felix Schmitt

PC5 Deep Reinforcement Learning

Deep Reinforcement Learning (RL) is at the forefront of Artificial Intelligence research. In this Practical Course, you’ll understand the most recent advances in Deep RL, learn cutting-edge algorithms like Deep Q-Learning (DQN), Deep Deterministic Policy Gradients (DDPG), Actor-Critic, etc., and train ...

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Andrew Melnik

PrC1 How to become a Scientist

In this practical course we will cover the following issues: -Visions Out of Our Senses: Trying to define personal claims and goals for this course out of your experiences with sciences and scientists -Collect and interpret Data on three Topics: A Scientist: We try to come to a common perception of ...

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Birgit Peterson

PrC2 Make Sense of your Senses

In this course, we will get some hands-on experience in experimentally investigating the human senses – from both perspectives of being the subject and the conductor. Starting with the questions: How can we quantify human perception? How do we set up experiments to make them reproducible? Which kind ...

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Jutta Kretzberg

PrC3 IK Alumni/Industry Panel

The panel will feature five alumni of the interdisciplinary college who have transitioned from academia to industry to tell their story and share advice. Each expert will give a short presentation (10-12 minutes) before the panel is open to questions from the audience.

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Nikita Mattar

Portrait of Nikita Mattar

Nhung Nguyen

Maha Salem

Portrait of Maha Salem

SC5 Why the brain needs a body (with emphasis on vision)

I. An overview of cognitive architecture II. The basics of reinforcement learning III. Understanding motor control IV. The frontier: dealing with neural oscillations

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Dana Ballard

SC6 Temporal Sensory Integration in the Brain

Integration of information from multiple sources and sensors can be described mathematically in terms of Bayesian inference, and there is evidence that the brain integrates information approximately optimally from an information theoretic perspective. This course will start by looking at the mathematical ...

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Christoph Mathys

SC7 Multi-sensory Integration in Zebra Finch Courtship

1 Multimodal signalling in animal courtship 2 Zooming in: zebra finch courtship 3 Development of multimodal signalling 4 Experimental approaches

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Katharina Riebel

SC8 Researching Altered States of Consciousness: Perspectives from Neuropsychology and Philosophy

Presumably, you know what your everyday experiences are like. If we focus solely on these, we may mistake what is common for those with what is necessary for conscious experiences in general. In order to avoid this, we may investigate altered states of consciousness, e.g. experiences in dreaming, on ...

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S. Benjamin Fink

Katrin Preller

SC10 Personal Insight from Introspection

From outside to inside to insight: If you are interested in experiencing already known or unknown aspects of yourself by introspection, you are very welcome to join our experiential group. In contrary to the mainly theoretical everyday work, this experiential group focus on living experience. Therefore ...

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Sophia Reul

Annekatrin Vetter

SC11 Cybernetic Models of Mind-Wandering and Meditation

In session 1, I will introduce the concept of computational modelling of cognition, and describe the main empirical studies of mind-wandering. In session 2, I will describe what mindfulness is, and some empirical data regarding the effects of mindfulness on cognition and on the brain. We will also practise ...

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Marieke van Vugt

SC12 Psycholinguistics of Spoken and Signed Languages

This course will introduce students to the study of language processing and language learning (psycholinguistics) through an exploration of theory and research. Focus will be on the diversity of research in psycholinguistics and the connections between psycholinguistics and other cognitive domains in ...

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Robin Thompson

SC9 Responsible Artificial Intelligence

First day (2 sessions) Responsible Design of Intelligent Systems (module 1): understand Responsible AI as part of complex socio-technical systems; methods to take into account societal values, moral and ethical considerations, weigh the respective priorities of values held by different stakeholders in ...

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Virginia Dignum

SC1 Neuromorphic Computing – Sensors and Deep Learning Networks

First session: We start with a history of neuromorphic engineering; the analogues between neuronal physics and transistor physics, and the building blocks of neuromorphic systems Second session: We will cover the circuit basics for the Dynamic Vision retina sensor, simple neuron models, and the use ...

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Shih-Chii Liu

SC2 Neurosensory Implants: Simulation and Perception

Over the last 20 years, neurosensory implants have become a reality: we can now replace ears, eyes, and parts of the balance system with electronic replacement parts. While “cochlea implants” are now implanted daily and are readily available, only a few medically certified retinal implants exist; ...

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Thomas Haslwanter

SC3 Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive method to manipulate brain activity and therefore an interesting tool to establish causal relationships in cognitive neuroscience. TMS has the power to influence motoric and sensory processing on a level that is perceived by the stimulated individual ...

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Martin Tik

SC4 The Seventh Sense: Sensory Augmentation with Compass Belt

Beyond the normal use of your senses, what else is possible? There have been different approaches to augment your senses. Here we will learn and experience more about space perception. How do you perceive space? What is space perception and can it be changed? People’s experiences vary greatly on how ...

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Julia Wache

Susan Wache