Steering Committee

The Steering Committee

The CIN is overseen by a steering committee (SC) consisting of nine members, elected by the CIN members. It comprises the chairperson, the deputy chairperson, five CIN scientists, one university member from a scientific field that does not overlap with any of the CIN areas of research, and a representative of the office of the university rector. A central office, led by an executive officer, assists the chairperson and the steering committee and manages the day-to-day administration of the CIN. Over the years the SC's focus has switched from appointing selection committees and recruiting junior research group leaders and professors, to establishing the central  structures and to fostering scientific interaction among CIN members through the distribution of funding for pool projects and events such as conferences and workshops.

Chairman Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Thier
Deputy Chairman Prof. Dr. Heinrich Bülthoff

Members of the CIN Steering Committee

Prof. Dr. Heinrich Bülthoff

Organization: Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics


Spemannstr. 38
72076 Tübingen

Phone number: +49 (0)7071 601 601

Department: Dept. of Human Perception, Cognition and Action

Position: Vice-Chairman (CIN), Director (MPI)

Area: CIN Members, Steering Committee

Scientific topic: Human Psychophysics and Cognition

Field of Research

The Human Perception, Cognition and Action Department uses state-of-the-art computer graphics and simulation technology to advance our understanding of fundamental cognitive processes in the human brain. This approach enables the investigation and modeling of processes such as sensorimotor integration, face and object recognition, and spatial cognition in highly realistic and interactive, yet fully controllable environments.


Computer graphics, Virtual Reality, Computer Vision and Robotics, fMRI, EEG, TMS, eye tracking, motion capture and tracking, rapid prototyping of haptic objects, 3D face scanning, 3D video capture and animation, motion simulator technology


behavioural neuroscience; cognitive neuroscience; object recognition; psychophysics; robotics; spatial cognition / orientation; virtual reality; visual perception

  1. Dahl CD, Wallraven C, Bülthoff HH, Logothetis NK (2009). Humans and Macaques Employ Similar Face-Processing Strategies. Curr Biol. 19(6):509-13.
  2. Bülthoff HH, Edelman S, Tar M (1995). How are three-dimensional objects represented in the brain? Cerebral Cortex. 5:247-60.
  3. Blake A, Bülthoff HH (1990). Does the brain know the physics of specular reflection? Nature. 343(6254):165-8.