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The Bernstein Focus Neurotechnology (BFNT) Göttingen focuses on the investigation and design of Neuro-Bionic Closed-Loop Systems. In a Neuro-Bionic Closed-Loop System biological and technical components are functionally tightly linked to form a control loop where a neuronal system influences a technical device, which in turn provides feedback to the neuronal system. Such systems require the extraction and analysis of neuronal activity, by which the device is adaptively controlled, and the generation of appropriate stimulation signals for neural control.

In the BFNT Göttingen, research groups from three faculties of the University of Göttingen (physics, biology, and medicine), the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine, the German Primate Center, the Hannover Medical School, the Max Planck Institute for Biophysics in Frankfurt, and the research labs of Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH, LEICA Microsystems GmbH, MED-EL GmbH, and Thomas Recording GmbH collaborate in joint projects applying a wide range of modern experimental and theoretical methods. The work achieved at the BFNT will also contribute to the scientific foundations of future applications in Neuro-Bionic Closed-Loop Systems like neuroprosthetics.

Coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Florentin Wörgötter
Department of Computational Neuroscience
Georg-August University of Goettingen
Friedrich-Hund-Platz 1
D-37077 Göttingen
Tel: +49 (0)551 39-10760
Fax: +49 (0)551 39-7720
worgott @ bccn-goettingen.de