About

Alexander EckerI am a computational neuroscientist based in Göttingen, Germany. The goal of my research is to understand how neural systems perform visual perception.

My group works at the interface of machine learning and computational neuroscience. We develop new methods and algorithms to make sense of large-scale neuroscience data. Moreover, we work on novel approaches to computer vision based on insights we gain from biological vision.

We collaborte very closely with the groups of Matthias Bethge, Fabian Sinz and Thomas Euler at the University of Tübingen, as well as with Andreas Tolias at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA.

Short CV

Scientific experience

Since Oct 2019 Professor of Data Science
Department of Computer Science
Campus Institute Data Science
Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience
University of Göttingen
Since 2017 Research Fellow
Center for Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA
2017–2019 Research scientist (tenured)/Group leader
University of Tübingen
2014–2015 Project leader
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, Germany
2013–2016 Postdoctoral fellow
Centre for Integrative Neuroscience, Tübingen, Germany
2008–2013 Graduate student
Centre for Integrative Neuroscience, Tübingen, Germany and
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA
2003–2007 Research assistant
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, Germany

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Professional experience

Since 2018 Co-founder of Layer7 AI
Since 2017 Co-founder of the Cyber Valley Unit for Artificial Intelligence
University of Tübingen
Since 2016 Co-founder of DeepArt UG (haftungsbeschränkt)
https://deepart.io
2018–2019 Executive director of the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Tübingen

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Education

2014 Dr. rer. nat. (Ph.D.) in Neuroscience, Graduate School of Neural and Behavioural Sciences/International Max Planck Research School, University of Tübingen
2008 Diplom (M.Sc.) in Computer Science, University of Tübingen, Germany
2005–2006 Study abroad, Tufts University, Medford, MA, USA

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Grants/Awards/Scholarships

2018–2021 Principal Investigator in Tübingen AI Center (funded by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research)
2017–2020 German Research Foundation (DFG) research grant
2015, 2016 Teaching Award (with Philipp Berens) for the course “Neura Data Analysis”, Graduate School of Neural Information Processing, Tübingen
2009, 2010 Teaching Award (2x, with Philipp Berens) for the course “Introduction to statistics”, Graduate School of Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience, Tübingen
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