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, Purszynski, 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 2021
Applications are now closed. We will start accepting applications for MSc / PhD students for Fall 2022, starting November 1st, 2021.
Work in the laboratory is supported by NSERC, BrainsCAN, Western University, and the CIHR.