Lars Schwabe

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Dr. Lars Schwabe
Assistant Professor of Adaptive and Regenerative Softwaresystems
Dept of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
University of Rostock, Albert-Einstein-Str. 21, Room 109, 18059 
Rostock, Germany
Office, Fax:  +49-381-4987420, +49-381-4987522
E-Mail: lars.schwabe@uni-rostock.de

Research

  • Computational and mathematical models of body-related sensory and cognitive brain processes
  • Electrical brain imaging (with EEG) of these processes
  • Development of tools and methods for EEG data analysis
  • Network models of processing in the primary visual cortex (V1)
  • Contextual, top-down and attentional modulation of V1

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Scientific Positions

Since 08/2006: Postdoc in the lab of Prof. Blanke (“Cognitive Neuroscience”), Brain Mind Institut, EPFL, Lausanne

01-06/2006: Postdoc in the labs of
Prof. Angelucci (Univ of Utah, Moran Eye Center)
Prof. Bressloff (Univ of Utah, Dept of Mathematics)

2002-2004: Visiting student in the labs of
Prof. Lund (Univ of Utah, Salt Lake City; 2002)
Prof. Sur (MIT, Cambridge; 2003)
Prof. Angelucci (Univ of Utah, Salt Lake City; 2004)

2002-2003: Tutor at the “EU Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience
in Obidos, Portual

2001-2005: Teaching assistant in the lab of Prof. Obermayer, TU Berlin

1999-2000: DFG Phd Stipend for the Graduate School “Signaling cascades in living systems”

1999: Student assistant at the Zuse-Center for Scientific Computing


Education

12/2005: PhD, TU Berlin
Dissertation: “Adaptivity of Sensory Representations in the Adult Visual Cortex“, Dr. rer. nat., Grade: Summa cum laude

Since 1998: Studying Philosophy, TU Berlin, Grade (Minor): 1.0

1994-1999: Studying Computer Science, TU Berlin
Diploma: “Dynamic Properties of Recurrent Biological Neuronal Networks”, Grade: 1.7

1987-1994: Gustav-Heinemann-Oberschule, Berlin
1981-1987: Alfred-Adler-Grundschule, Berlin

Awards

2007: INNS Young Investigator Award of the International Neural Network Society
2006: DFG Postdoc Fellowship
2003: Travel Award of the Redwood Neuroscience Institut
1999: DFG Phd Fellowship

Publications

Journals

L. Schwabe, O. Blanke. Cognitive neuroscience of ownership and agency. Consciousness and Cognition, 16 (3), 2007.

J. M. Ichida, L. Schwabe , P. C. Bressloff, and A. Angelucci, Response facilitation from the “suppressive” receptive field surround of macaque V1 neurons. J Neurophysiol, 98 (4): 2168-81, 2007.

L. Schwabe, A. Angelucci, K. Obermayer, and P.C. Bressloff, The role of feedback in shaping the extra-classical receptive field of cortical neurons: a recurrent network model, J Neurosci, 26 (36): 9117-29, 2006.

L. Schwabe and K. Obermayer. Learning top-down gain control of feature selectivity in a recurrent network model of a visual cortical area. Vision Research, 45, 3202-3209, 2005.

L. Schwabe and K. Obermayer. Adaptivity of tuning-functions in a generic recurrent network model of a cortical hypercolumn. J Neurosci, 25 (13): 3323-32, 2005.

J. Marino, J. Schummers, D. Lyon, L. Schwabe, O. Beck, P. Wiesing, K. Obermayer, and M. Sur. Invariant computations in local cortical networks with balanced excitation and inhibition. Nat Neurosci, 8:194-201, 2005.

L. Schwabe and K. Obermayer. Modelling the adaptive visual system: A survey of principled approaches. Neur. Netw., 16:1353-1371, 2003.

P. Adorjan, L. Schwabe, G. Wenning, and K. Obermayer. Fast adaptation as a cortical coding strategy. NeuroReport, 13:337-342, 2002.

L. Schwabe and K. Obermayer. Rapid adaptation and efficient coding. BioSystems, 67:239-244, 2002.

L. Schwabe, P. Adorjan, and K. Obermayer. Spike-frequency adaptation as a mechanism for dynamic coding in V1. Neurocomputing, pages 38-40, 351-358, 2001.

Conferences

L. Schwabe and O. Blanke. Out-of-body experiences: false climbs in a supine position? To appear in Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks IJCNN’2008, 2008.

P. Adorjan, L. Schwabe, C. Piepenbrock, and K. Obermayer. Recurrent cortical competition: strengthen or weaken? In Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 12, pages 89-95, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2000. MIT Press.

L. Schwabe, P. Adorjan and K. Obermayer. A Dynamic Cortical Amplifier Model for Fast Information Processing. In Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks IJCNN’2000, 2000.

Selected Abstracts

L. Schwabe and O. Blanke, A Bayesian model for the vestibular illusion during out-of-body experiences (FENS 2008).

L. Schwabe, N. Evans, B. Leggenhager, O. Blanke. Mental Perspective Transformations: ERP Analyses and Single Trial EEG Classification. In Computational and Systems Neuroscience, 2008 (COSYNE 2008).

J. Ichida, L. Schwabe, S. Shushruth, A. Angelucci. Contrast-dependent suppression from the “far” surround of V1 neurons: Experiments and data-driven model comparison. In Computational and Systems Neuroscience, 2008 (COSYNE 2008).

L. Schwabe, B. Leggenhager, O. Blanke. THE EFFECT OF ELEVATION OF THE VISUOSPATIAL PERSPECTIVE ON OWN BODY MENTAL ROTATION: AN ERP STUDY. Societiy for Neuroscience, 2007. to appear.

J. M. Ichida, L. Schwabe, A. Angelucci. CONTRAST-DEPENDENCE OF “FAR” SURROUND SUPRESSION IN MACAQUE V1. Societiy for Neuroscience, 2007. To appear.

L. Schwabe, A. Angelucci, K. Obermayer, P.C. Bressloff. THE CONTRIBUTION OF FEEDBACK AND HORIZONTAL CONNECTIONS TO CENTER-SURROUND INTERACTION IN MACAQUE V1: A RECURRENT NETWORK MODEL Program No. 820.3. 2005 Abstract Viewer/Itinerary Planner. Washington, DC: Society for Neuroscience, 2005. Online.

J.M. Ichida, L. Schwabe, P.C. Bressloff, A. Angelucci. FEEDBACK-MEDIATED FACILITATION AND SUPPRESSION FROM THE RECEPTIVE FIELD SURROUND OF MACAQUE V1 NEURONS Program No. 820.4. 2005 Abstract Viewer/Itinerary Planner. Washington, DC: Society for Neuroscience, 2005. Online.

P. Wiesing, O. Beck, L. Schwabe, J. Marino, J. Schummers, D.C. Lyon, M. Sur, K. Obermayer. BALANCED COMPUTATION OF ORIENTATION SELECTIVITY IN NETWORK MODELS OF THE PRIMARY VISUAL CORTEX Program No. 618.16. 2005 Abstract Viewer/Itinerary Planner. Washington, DC: Society for Neuroscience, 2005. Online.

K. Wimmer, K. Hildebrandt, L. Schwabe, K. Obermayer, R. Hennig. STIMULUS-DRIVEN ADAPTATION OF THE INTENSITY–RESPONSE CURVE OF AN AUDITORY INTERNEURON (AN2) IN THE CRICKET Program No. 296.16. 2005 Abstract Viewer/Itinerary Planner. Washington, DC: Society for Neuroscience, 2005. Online.

L. Schwabe, A. Angelucci, K. Obermayer, and P.C. Bressloff. An inter-areal feedback model of contextual effects in macaque striate cortex. In Computational and Systems Neuroscience, 2005.

L. Schwabe and K. Obermayer. Perceptual learning and attention explained as a dynamic recalibration of the visual system at different time-scales. In Krieglstein K. and Zimmermann H., editors, 30th Göttinger Neurobiology Report, 2005.

L. Schwabe, K. Obermayer, and M. Hennig. Changes of the intensity-response curve of an auditory interneuron (AN2) in crickets induced by adapting sound stimuli. In Krieglstein K. and Zimmermann H., editors, 30th Göttinger Neurobiology Report, 2005.

L. Schwabe, K. Obermayer. ORIENTATION-SPECIFIC ATTENTION AND PERCEPTUAL LEARNING IN RECURRENT NETWORK MODELS OF THE VISUAL CORTEX Program No. 605.9. 2004 Abstract Viewer/Itinerary Planner. Washington, DC: Society for Neuroscience, 2004. Online.

L. Schwabe and K. Obermayer. Modeling perceptual learning in the primary visual cortex: passive unsupervised or active reinforcement-based sensory reorganization? In Proceedings of the 29th Göttingen Neurobiology Conference, page 1026, 2003.

L. Schwabe, O. Beck, P. Wiesing, J. Marino, J. Schummers, M. Sur, K. Obermayer. DEPENDENCE OF ORIENTATION TUNING IN CONDUCTANCE-BASED MODEL NEURONS ON THE LOCATION WITHIN ORIENTATION MAP. Program No. 818.2. 2003 Abstract Viewer/Itinerary Planner. Washington, DC: Society for Neuroscience, 2003. Online.

L. Schwabe, K.H. Obermayer. MODELING VISUAL PERCEPTUAL LEARNING AS SOLVING A CLASSIFICATION TASK Program No. 160.16. 2002 Abstract Viewer/Itinerary Planner. Washington, DC: Society for Neuroscience, 2002. Online.

L. Schwabe and K. Obermayer. DYNAMICS OF ORIENTATION TUNING: THEORY AND SIMULATION. Program No 285.17. 2001 Abstract Viewer/Itinerary Planner. Washington, DC: Society for Neuroscience, 2001. Online.

L. Schwabe, M. Stetter, and K. Obermayer. REDUCED SPIKE-FREQUENCY ADAPTATION IN ATTENTIVE STATES FAVOURS THE REPRESENTATION OF SALIENT FEATURES IN A COMPUTATIONAL MODEL OF THE PRIMARY VISUAL CORTEX. Program No 53.19. 2000 Abstract Viewer/Itinerary Planner. Washington, DC: Society for Neuroscience, 2000. Online.

G. Wenning, L. Schwabe, P. Adorjan, and K. Obermayer. THE PRINCIPLE OF DYNAMIC CODING. Program No 779.5. 2000 Abstract Viewer/Itinerary Planner. Washington, DC: Society for Neuroscience, 2000. Online.