Ueli Rutishauser, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery,
Department of Neurosurgery,
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center,
Office: AHSP A8114 (Cedars-Sinai), Moore 116A (Caltech).
I'm currently establishing my own laboratory and transitioning all my research activities to my new home as a faculty member at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where I'm part of the Department of Neurosurgery with a joint appointment in Neurology. Also, I'm a visiting faculty in the Division of Biology of the California Institute of Technology and I advise students at both institutions.
I received my Ph.D. in Computation and Neural Systems from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA, USA in 2008 and my B.S. in computer science from the University of Applied Sciences in Rapperswil, Switzerland. I did my undergraduate thesis at the Institute of Neuroinformatics at ETH Zurich on unsupervised learning.
I was a junior group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt am Main, Germany in the department of Gilles Laurent, a postdoctoral scholar at Caltech and did my graduate training in the Computation & Neural Systems program at Caltech. Before graduate school, I worked as a software engineering consultant in the finance and retail industry.
My principal interests are the mechanisms by which animals and machines learn. In particular I'm interested in the neural mechanisms of rapid single-trial learning and novelty detection. I'm broadly interested and working on a variety of experimental, computational and theoretical approaches in neuroscience. Keywords of interests: Learning & Memory, synaptic plasticity, computational and biological vision, visual attention, algorithms, object recognition, unsupervised learning, human neurophysiology, extracellular recordings, epilepsy and seizure propagation, spike sorting, cortical algorithms, oscillations, spike timing.
Collaborators include Adam Mamelak (Cedars-Sinai), Ralph Adolphs (Caltech), Erin Schuman (Caltech/MPI), , Christof Koch (Caltech), Rodney Douglas (ETHZ), Wolfgang Einhaeuser (Marburg) and Jean-Jacques Slotine (MIT).
I'm a co-organizer for the annual Human Single Unit Meeting conference, the first instance of which was in November 2011 in New York, hosted by NYU.
Previous academic affiliations
Max Planck Institute for Brain Research
Caltech, Computation&Neural System Program
Caltech, Laboratory of Synaptic plasticity of Erin Schuman, where I did my PhD and postdoc.
Caltech, Computational Vision
Institute of Neuroinformatics, University/ETH Zurich (I remain as a frequent visitor and Guest member).
University of applied sciences rapperswil, switzerland
My Erdoes number is 3 (me -> Harel -> McEliece -> Erdoes).