CV of Konrad Paul Körding

Personal details

Surname: Körding
Forenames: Konrad Paul
Title: PhD ETH
Married to Ioana Marinescu

Physiology and PM and R
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Northwestern University
345 E Superior Street
60611 Chicago, IL, USA
Tel: 773-7826327

Scientific education

2006-now Assistant Professor at Physiology as well as Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, associated with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

2005-2006 Heisenberg fellow

2004-2005 Postdoc, at MIT in the group of Josh Tenenbaum, learning state of the art machine learning, hierarchical bayesian models

2002-2004 Postdoc, payed by the Wellcome Trust, addressing learning and optimality in the motor system with Prof. Wolpert

2001-2002 Postdoc, payed jointly by the Collegium Helveticum and the EU AMOUSE project

2001 PhD "Optimization and Learning: from microscopic cell properties to natural videos"

1999 Animal research permit and "Anästhesie und Chirurgie bei kleinen Versuchstieren", both at "Institut für Labortierkunde".

1997 Diploma-thesis "On the purpose of a backpropagating action potential." at ETH Zürich

1993-1997 Physics for a total of 8 terms (6 terms at the Uni. Heidelberg, 2 at the ETH/Zürich)

1993 Abitur am Alten Kurfürstlichen Gymnasium in Bensheim

Grants and Awards

2006 NSF/NIH Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience with Emo Todorov and Reza Shadmehr (PI)

2005 Heisenberg stipend by the German Science Foundation (largely equivalent of a transferable assistant professor type position)

2001-2002 Postgraduate Support: Collegiate of Collegium Helveticum: "Für den Dialog der Wissenschaften."

1997-2001 Graduate Support: Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds

1993-1997 Undergraduate Support: Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (since 1994).

1993, 1994 Participation in "Jugend Forscht", the German national contest for young scientists. Together with Marc Alaxa and Paul Grimm I reached the last round of the contest with programs, simluating the biological growth of trees. We were awarded the third price on the national level and the price of the DFG for interdisciplinary work.

1992-1994 Repeated Participation at the national contest of informatics. Reaching the second out of three rounds.

1992 Successful Participation in the selection process of the International Physics Olympics. Thus I qualified for:

1993 Participation with the "Supercomputing Honor Students" project at the Lawrence Livermore Lab in California. Massively Parallel Algorithms.

1992 Awarded Participation in a "Schülerakademie", attending a two-week course on physical measuring.

1990-1994 Bundeswettbewerb Mathematik" the national contest for mathematics . Three second prices in the second level.

Teaching Experience

One Lecture in the perception IAP by Aude Olivia

One Lecture in the core class at MIT

Two week course about sensory processing with Katharina Spalek.>/p>

One week school course with Katharina Spalek on Seeing and Naming, from perception to image naming

Three day school course together with Wolfgang Einhäuser on Fooling the Brain to understand it : Optical Illusions

Two lectures in Thomas Haslwanters lecture Biophysics and Signalprocessing of sensory Systems

Twice TA to Kevan Martin's and Rodney Douglas's lecture "Biophysics of Neural Computation" twice in the terms 1999/2000 and 2000/2001

One lecture on "Unsupervised learning" within the lecture series of Paul Verschure and Peter König on "Physiologische Grundlagen kognitiver Prozesse"


I greatly appreciate working together with the following students:

Workshops organized

Asking why: normative models in neuroscience, Cosyne 2007, together with Alan Stocker

Bayesian approaches to Sensory and Motor processing, Cosyne 2005

Learning of invariant representations: a Workshop at NIPS 2002 together with Bruno Olshausen

Other Activities