About me

I am a postdoctoral associate at Baylor college of medicine in the lab of Andreas Tolias. As part of the IARPA funded Baylor MICrONS team I am using neurophysiological experiments and machine learning to advance machine intelligence through brain research.

Prior to that I was a postdoc in the lab of Jan Benda studying the electro-sensory system of weakly electric fish. I did my PhD with Matthias Bethge at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, Germany. I studied bioinformatics at the University Tübingen. As a student, I worked with Bernhard Schölkopf and Carl Rasmussen at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, and with Jason Weston, Ronan Collobert, Leon Bottou, and Vladimir Vapnik at NEC research.

My researcher ID is E-6708-2010, my ORCID ID is 0000-0002-1348-9736, and my Erdös number is 3 (G. Rätsch = 2, A. Jagota = 1, P. Erdös = 0).

Research Interests

Sensory Systems

Vision & Electric Sense

I am interested in computational principles of neuronal sensory systems. Since I believe in a tight integration of experiment and theory, I try to keep a tight loop between my experiments and mathematical analysis using probabilistic models, information theory, and machine learning.

Natural Image Statistics

Sensory systems cannot be understood without understanding the signals they are processing. I am interested in probabilistic modelling and normative principles of sensory processing for natural signals. During my PhD work I developed probabilistic models to quantify information theoretic principles behind orientation selectivity and contrast gain control in the visual sytem.

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Dr. Fabian Sinz
Baylor College of Medicine, Department for Neuroscience
One Baylor Plaza, Suite 553
77021 Houston, Texas

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What is epagoge?

The Greek philosopher Aristotle, regarded as the founder of logic, already realized that basic true propositions are necessary for deducing a given logical statement. These basic propositions, which he called archai, are gained by a process called epagoge. Cicero translated the Greek word epagoge into the Latin word inductio, the etymological root of the English word induction. Since I am working on problems in machine learning and (computational) neuroscience for sensory processing, epagoge is a fitting name for my website.