Jörn Diedrichsen

Jörn Diedrichsen
Western Research Chair for Motor
Control and Computational Neuroscience
Brain and Mind Institute
Department for Computer Science
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 Neuroscience Research Group .

Open positions:

We are always looking for great people! Contact us if you are interested in joining the lab. We are now accepting applications for people to join the lab in Fall 2020. Please see. Students can apply to the graduate program in Please contact me well in advance of submitting an application with a CV and a statement of research interest.


Work in the laboratory is supported by NSERC, BrainsCAN, CIHR, and the James S. McDonnell foundation.


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