CIN Staff

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.

CIN Staff

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 Staff, 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.