In 2007, the CIN started with 25 principal investigators as cluster applicants, as stipulated in the DFG call for bids. When the CIN cluster was approved further scientists from a range of institutions were incorporated, to make up the 48 'founding members' of the CIN. Since the beginning of 2014 the CIN has consisted of over 80 scientists in total. The membership process involves an application to the steering committee in which the candidate outlines his or her scientific profile and submits a list of publications. The committee's decision is based purely on the scientific excellence of each candidate.
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Field of Research
The Cognitive Neuroscience Lab focuses on issues of spatial cognition, i.e. the acquisition, representation, and usage of spatial information in biological and artificial systems. Human spatial behaviour is investigated with virtual reality technology (Dr. Gregor Hardiess) addressing questions of the 'ontology' of spatial long-term memory as well as the interaction of eye-movements and spatial working memory in normals and in hemianopic patients (cooperation with Prof. U. Schiefer, University Eye Hospital). Experimental work is motivated by paradigms from robot navigation, including optical flow processing and graph-based models of spatial memory (Dr. Chunrong Yuan). Computational theories of spatial cognition are tested by synthesizing spatial behaviour on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and other robot platforms.