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Computational Neuroscience


Stefan Rotter's Computational Neuroscience Laboratory comprises a team of theoreticians from mathematics, physics, biology and various engineering sciences. We are interested in the relations between structure, dynamics and function of the neuronal networks of the brain, with a specific focus on the mammalian neocortex. Our work involves modeling and data analysis of (i) multi-scale neuronal network topology, (ii) spiking activity dynamics of recurrent networks, and (iii) biological function and dysfunction of neuronal networks. Mathematical (deterministic and stochastic) as well as computational methods (large-scale numerical simulations) are employed. The goal is to develop a theory of the brain which also supports a better understanding of the neuronal mechanisms underlying some brain diseases.


Prof. Stefan Rotter

Professor of Computational Neuroscience
Director, Bernstein Center Freiburg


Research Topics

  • Computational neuroscience & brain theory
  • Relations between structure, dynamics & function in neuronal networks
  • Spiking activity dynamics in recurrent networks
  • Dynamic ensemble coding in structured networks



  • Stochastic modeling of neuronal activity (e.g. stochastic point processes)
  • Stochastic modeling of neuronal networks (e.g. generalized random graphs)
  • Advanced statistical data analysis (e.g. higher-order correlations)
  • Large-scale numerical simulations


Computational Neuroscience

Bernstein Center Freiburg
Faculty of Biology

Hansastr. 9
79104 Freiburg i. Br.

Tel.: +49 (0)761 203 9316
Fax: +49 (0)761 203 9559





Ongoing research projects