Western Research Chair
for Motor Control
and Computational Neuroscience
Brain and Mind Institute
Department for Computer Science
Department for Statistical and Actuarial Sciences
University of Western Ontario
email: jdiedric at uwo.ca
There is still no robotic device that can match the ease and grace with which the brain produces skilled
movements. The complexities of our muscular-skeletal system, the compliance and variability in our muscles and
the unpredictable ever-changing environment make the control of movements one of the hardest computational
problems. What are the principles that underlie production of coordinated movements? How are skilled movements
learned? Which brain areas are involved? How does the brain compensate after damage to these areas?
The Diedrichsen, Purszynski, and Gribble labs form Western's Sensorymotor superlab. Together we are investigate how human learn and execute movements. Our labs combine behavioural studies using robotic devices, computational modelling, fMRI studies, patient studies, and electrophysiology to figure out what the brain “does”. We are also part of the Computational Brain Science Group .
Activities and links
Open Postdoc position in cerebellar imaging
We are looking for a new Postdoc to join the ongoing work on the function of the human cerebellum across cognitive and motor domains. Deadline: 18th of December, 20202
PhD / MSc positions for Fall 2021
The lab is now offically accepting applications for MSc / PhD students for Fall 2021. Please send a single PDF file entiteled <LastName>_<FirstName>.pdf> containing:
- a CV,
- a short Research Statement (maximal 2pages) outlining your research interest and how it fits with ongoing work in the lab,
- the name and contact information of 2 academic references,
Sorry for not responding to most earlier inquiries - we have been swamped with requests. If you tried to contact me earlier, please submit a new application. Please note that we can only consider applications that adhere to the required format.
Work in the laboratory is supported by NSERC, BrainsCAN, Western University, and the CIHR.