[Comp-neuro] 5 PhD and 4 PostDoc positions in reward-based learning (Switzerland)

Wulfram Gerstner wulfram.gerstner at epfl.ch
Tue Sep 16 13:18:45 CEST 2008

5 PhD and 4 PostDoc positions in reward-based learning

The Swiss National Science Foundation funds a new collaborative project
involving  3 groups at the EPFL (Wulfram Gerstner, Carmen Sandi, Michael 
as well as groups in Berne (Walter Senn) and Lugano (Juergen Schmidhuber).
We are particularly interested in biologically plausible
 models for learning and memory which explain
animal and human behavior. The current project aims to extend the
theory of reward-based learning in spiking neurons to networks,
link it to formal policy gradient and TD methods,
and apply it to perceptual learning, spatial navigation,
and sequence learning.

Applications should be submitted to the individual labs:

Wulfram Gerstner http://lcn.epfl.ch
    Laboratory of Computational Neuroscience, EPFL

Carmen Sandi  http://lgc.epfl.ch
    Laboratory of Behavioral Genetics, EPFL

Michael Herzog http://lpsy.epfl.ch/
    Laboratory of Psychophysics, EPFL
Juergen Schmidhuber http://www.idsia.ch/~juergen/sinergia2008.html
    IDSIA, Lugano

Walter Senn (http://www.physio.unibe.ch/Positions/)
     Computational Neuroscience/Institute of Physiology, Berne

PS: Switzerland is a good place for scientists. It is the origin of 
special relativity (1905) and the World Wide Web (1990), is associated 
with 105 Nobel laureates, and boasts the world's highest number of Nobel 
prizes per capita, the highest number of publications per capita, the 
highest number of patents per capita, the highest citation impact 
factor, the most cited single-author paper, etc.  Switzerland also got 
the highest ranking in the list of happiest countries  :-)

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