Rainer Stollhoff

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Rainer Stollhoff

Put my answers above everything else, so that it's easier to find

1. What topics do you have some expertise in and would you be willing to help others learn them?

Looks like there's not a lot of participants from neuroscience/psychology. I might talk about human cognition, perception, face recognition...

2. What do you want to learn at the CSSS?

How neural networks or other models of complex systems get affected by parameter changes outside of the narrow range normally studied. How stable complex systems are with regard to disturbances, how "damaged" systems can adapt to their environment.

3. Do you have any projects or research interests that would benefit from an interdisciplinary approach?

Human Cognition.

4. Do you have any ideas for what sort of project you would like to do this summer?

Modelling critical periods in the training phase of neural networks.

5. Suppose you could travel one-hundred years in the future and ask researchers any three questions. What would those questions be?

Only one: How old am I?


Since you made it that far and weren't alienated by the wonderfull picture, I should probably start introducing myself.

My name is Rainer Stollhoff, currently I'm working as a PhD student in Mathematics at the Max-Planck-Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig, Germany.

The topic of my thesis is "Mathematical Modelling of Prosopagnosia". Prosopagnosia or faceblindness is the inability to identify other people by their faces (see [1] or [2]). Since this is a rather applied and interdisciplinary topic - at least for a mathematician - I can not name any research focus, but only give a list of buzzwords related to my current research: Artificial Neural Networks, Pattern Recognition, Connectionist Modelling, Computational Neuroscience, ...

During the last weeks I tried my very best to learn a bit of chinese and I'd be glad if some of you are willing and patient enough to teach me more about the chinese language, culture and history.


Cheers, Rainer