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Yannik Bauer

Yannik Bauer

PhD student


Division of Neurobiology
Department Biology II
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Großhaderner Straße 2
D-82152 Planegg-Martinsried

Website: Research group Laura Busse
Website: Eulerlab
Website: Berenslab
Website: Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences

Further Information

Thesis topic

Robust visual processing of feedforward and feedback signals in the mouse dLGN


I work as part of the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Center project 'Robust Vision' (SFB1233) with my joint supervisors Prof. Laura Busse (LMU), Prof. Philipp Berens (U Tübingen) and Prof. Thomas Euler (U Tübingen), to investigate the neural basis of robust vision, particularly the role of feedback information in making neural signal processing robust against the extreme variability of naturalistic visual inputs. For instance, what enables biological systems, like us, to recognize visual objects in all sorts of contexts without apparent effort where our most advanced machine vision algorithms, including deep networks, fail?

One interesting question of this project concerns what visual signal transformations are carried out in the dorsolateral geniculate nucleus (dLGN) of the thalamus, the next stage after the retina in the visual processing chain. Far from being a simple relay station, the dLGN may make essential contributions to the reliability, efficiency and robustness of visual information coding, mediated by effects of feedforward information, local inhibition and cortico-thalamic feedback. The point of our research is not only about biological vision, but also about general principles of neural and machine computation, including the roles of feedback, inhibition, robustness and network stability.

As part of my PhD, I am also a member of the Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences (GSN, LMU).


2014 - 2016: MSc Neural & Behavioural Science, University of Tübingen
2011 - 2014: BA Psychology & Philosophy, University of Oxford