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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Open postdoc position
We are looking for a new postdoc for collaborative project with the Pruszynski lab on the control of sequential movements. The CIHR-funded project uses behavioral, imaging, and neurophysiological techniques to investigate how the brain plans future movements during ongoing actions. Candiates with experience in behavioral, neuroimaging, and computational techniques are encouraged to apply. See here for details and how to apply.
PhD / MSc positions for Fall 2022
We currently do not accept new applications for Fall 2022. For a Fall 2023 start, we start accepting new applicaitons in November. People interested in postdoc positions - please contact us at any time.
Work in the laboratory is supported by NSERC, BrainsCAN, Western University, and the CIHR.