Joint Initiatives in Tuebingen

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The members of the TRC are closely collaborating in a range of areas and institutions. From Neuroscience to Media Studies, research in Tuebingen is collaborative. Graduate and PhD programmes also benefit from the presence of top-level experts at different research institutions, making Tuebingen a hotspot for interdisciplinary graduate training in various fields. The city is an ideal place for collaborating across institutions due to the physical proximity of the partners. At the same time, all TRC partners are embedded in regional, national, and international networks. The initiatives listed below are non-exhaustive examples of local cooperation projects.

The TRC members also cooperate closely within the framework of the German Government's Excellence Initiative.

Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN) Tuebingen

  • TRC partners involved: Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research; Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics; University Hospital Tuebingen; University of Tübingen

  • At the Bernstein Center Tuebingen, scientists from various disciplines, including theoretical and experimental neurobiology, machine learning, and medicine, collaborate in order to analyse the basis of inference processes in the brain, such as the reconstruction of a third dimension from 2D patterns, or the recognition of objects and their properties independent of light conditions. In particular, a main research goal is to understand the coordinated interaction of neurons during information processing. Through medical and technological advances, this interdisciplinary center aims to make important contributions to understanding the functioning of the brain.

  • www.bccn-tuebingen.de

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Graduate Training CenteR of NeuroScience

  • TRC partners involved: German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases; Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research; Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics; Natural and Medical Sciences Institute; University of Tübingen (CIN)

  • The Graduate Training Center of Neuroscience (GTC) / International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) operates English-language international neuroscience degree programmes which offer a comprehensive theoretical and practical training in a wide range of neuroscience topics under the guidance of leading neuroscientists. In addition to three masters programs, the GTC also runs a doctoral programme with supplementary neuroscience and soft skills training. In Tuebingen, neuroscience research and training is interdisciplinary, bridging gaps between traditionally separated disciplines.  This is achieved by highly networked scientists at various university and extra-university institutions and research centers.  The GTC is an integral part of these institutions and centers and takes full advantage of the lively research community and the state-of-the-art facilities for theoretical and practical training of its students. In particular, the GTC is an important part of the Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN). The GTC's dedication to the next generation of neuroscientists affords the CIN a large pool of outstanding talent to draw on, with many of the CIN's staff directly involved in training.

  • www.neuroschool-tuebingen.de

International Max Planck Research School for Intelligent Systems

  • TRC partners involved: Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, University of Tübingen
  • Other partners: University of Stuttgart

  • Intelligent systems operate autonomously in, and adapt to, complex changing environments. While biological intelligent systems (including humans) have developed sophisticated abilities through interaction, evolution and learning to act successfully in our world, our understanding of these phenomena is still limited. The synthesis of intelligent, autonomous, learning systems remains a major scientific challenge. IMPRS-IS aims to recruit the most promising students in the world to work in this fascinating research area.

    The goal of the International Max Planck Research School for Intelligent Systems is to train doctoral students to investigate and understand the organizing principles of artificially intelligent systems that can successfully interact with complex environments. IMPRS-IS researchers deal with fundamental problems of intelligence: perception, action and learning. The IMPRS-IS seeks to create a new generation of young scientists and engineers, within a highly multi-disciplinary environment, enabling them to tackle the fundamental challenges of intelligent systems.

    The IMPRS-IS unites within one graduate school a host of leading intelligent systems researchers from mechanical engineering, control theory, computer science, cognitive science, neuroscience, mathematics, and materials science. The program’s research and training have a high potential for practical applications in areas such as robotics, autonomous vehicles, and medical devices.

  • imprs.is.mpg.de
  • The IMPRS-IS is also part of the Federal State of Baden-Wuerttemberg's Cyber Valley initiative.

International Max Planck Research School “From Molecules to Organisms”

  • TRC partners involved: Friedrich Miescher Laboratory; Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology; University of Tübingen

  • The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) “From Molecules to Organisms” provides excellent interdisciplinary training across the disciplines of structural, molecular, cellular and developmental biology as well as bioinformatics, genomics and evolutionary biology. The school’s aim is to endow the next generation of scientists with the knowledge and skills to study complex biological processes, which cannot be adequately understood within the limits of single disciplines, in the context of entire organisms. The programme of the school is challenging and innovative because it bridges not only diverse disciplines but also spans several levels of biological organisation (from molecules to organisms), which the participating laboratories cover with their broad range of expertise.

  • imprs.tuebingen.mpg.de

Leibniz-WISSENSCHAFTSCAMPUS "Cognitive Interfaces"

  • TRC partners involved: Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM); University of Tübingen

  • The Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus “Cognitive Interfaces” (WCT) conducts research on how ideas, actions and working practices in the context of digital media can be improved through the design of human-machine interfaces. Alongside psychology, the research encompasses the fields of computer science, medicine, dentistry, didactics of biology, media studies and education.

  • There has been huge progress in the development of information and communication technologies during the 21st century. Finding out a telephone number in Australia or getting a weather forecast for Timbuktu – something which might have been extremely laborious thirty years ago – can today be achieved within 30 seconds and irrespective of location and time. Digital technologies have created an interface which provides access to an enormous range of information in real time. This interface supports what we think, know and decide, and how we behave. It is therefore a cognitive interface, as it can actively support humans in performing cognitive tasks.

  • Yet interfaces themselves increasingly feature the characteristics of cognitive systems: they are becoming more adaptive, form inferences, and thus “participate” in social and cognitive processes. The potential of digital technologies is particularly promising in the realm of knowledge-intensive activities. These might be learning-based contexts, but also include work-related applications for cognitive interfaces.

  • The Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus “Cognitive Interfaces” draws on the topic of the founding Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus “Informational Environments”, yet approaches it in a focused manner. It concentrates on the form that an interface between an individual and their informational environment must take in order to foster “knowledge work” (knowledge acquisition, comprehension, knowledge construction, knowledge exchange, problem-solving, decision-making). The Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus “Cognitive Interfaces” thus focuses on psychological and educational constructs, as well as on interface design, than has hitherto been the case. It therefore overlaps with the research prevalent in computer science into the design of human-computer interaction (HCI).

  • Its objective is to establish a denser network with a clear strategic focus in order to develop the research of Digital Media in Tübingen and to strengthen the scientific field dealing with this topic. The Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus "Informational Environments" was the first Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus to be realized nationwide in the context of the identically named initiative by the Leibniz-Gemeinschaft.

  • Website of the Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus "Cognitive Interfaces"

Quantitative Biology Center (QBiC)

  • TRC Partners involved: Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology; University of Tübingen

  • The Quantitative Biology Center (QBiC) is an interdisciplinary core facility of the University of Tübingen and the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology. QBiC provides convenient access to state-of-the-art high-throughput technologies (next-generation sequencing (NGS) for genomics and transcriptomics, mass spectrometry for metabolomics and proteomics).

  • Additionally, QBiC offers coherent bioinformatic solutions for data processing, analysis and archiving. QBiC is the central bioinformatics core facility and provides a full range of services from the consultation of experiments to the analysis of the resulting data.

  • Through the involvment of established facilities and research labs in the areas of NGS, proteomics and metabolomics as QBiC member labs, QBiC provides a single point of entry for large-scale quantitative studies. All services are integrated in a single web-based user interface. QBiC offers consultation prior to the experiment to ensure sufficient statistical power of the data and select the optimal experimental method for your purpose. QBiC staff, skilled boinformaticians, will support projects from their conception to the interpretation of the entire study.

  • Website of the Quantitative Biology Center (QBiC)

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The Tuebingen Research Campus partners cooperate on a vast range of initiatives and projects in different constellations. From Computational Neuroscience to Paleoanthropology, research in Tuebingen means top-level collaborative science.

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