Jörn Diedrichsen

Jörn Diedrichsen
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 grace and flexibility 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? What is the function of the human cerebellum? How does the brain compensate after damage? In Western's Sensorymotor superlab, which consists of the Diedrichsen, Pruszynski, and Gribble lab, we investigate these questions using behavioural studies using robotic devices, computational modelling, fMRI studies, patient studies, and electrophysiology. We are also part of the Computational Brain Science Group, and focus on the developement of novel statistical methods for the analysis of brain imaging data.

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PhD / MSc positions for Fall 2022

We are now accepting applications for MSc / PhD students for Fall 2022 for the Neuroscience, Computer Science, and Statistics graduate programs. We especially encourage students with interest in joining the Neuroscience program to apply. Applications should be submitted electronically as a single PDF file entited LastName_FirstName.pdf directly to jdiedric@uwo.ca. The pdf should include:

  • a CV (including publications and conference presentations)
  • a statement of research interest outlining current experience and plans for future research, not exceeding 2 pages. Please see recent publications, ongoing research projects, and tool developement for ongoing research in the lab
  • names and contact information for three academic referees.

The review of applications will begin December 20th. Selected candidates still need to apply to the respective graduate programs, usually around mid January.


Work in the laboratory is supported by NSERC, BrainsCAN, Western University, and the CIHR.


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