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Marc Ernst

Cognitive Neuroscience, Universität Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany

Fellow of the ZiF research group "Competition and Priority Control in Mind and Brain: New Perspectives from Task-Driven Vision"


Marc Ernst is chair of the department of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Bielefeld. He studied physics in Heidelberg and Frankfurt/Main. In 2000 he received his Ph.D. degree from the Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen for investigations into the human visuomotor behaviour, which he conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics. For this work he was awarded the Attempto-Prize from the University of Tübingen and the Otto-Hahn-Medaille from the Max Planck Society. Starting in 2000, he spent almost 2 years as a research associate at the University of California, Berkeley working with Prof. Martin Banks on psychophysical experiments and computational models investigating the integration of visual-haptic information. End of 2001, he returned to the MPI in Tübingen and became principle investigator of the Sensorimotor Lab in the Department of Prof. Heinrich Bülthoff. In 2007 he then became leader of the Max Planck Research Group on Human Multisensory Perception and Action. Beginning of 2011 he became full professor and joined the University of Bielefeld and the Cognitive Interaction Technology Center of Excellence (CITEC).

Current Main Research Interests

Marc Ernst's scientific interest is in human multisensory perception, perceptual learning, sensorimotor integration and men-machine interaction. He has published well over 50 papers and conference proceedings in high-profile journals. He was involved in several international collaborative grants, including the EU-Project Tocuh-HapSys, investigating the sense of touch in interactive virtual reality settings, the EU-Project ImmerSence, investigating human-human and human-machine interaction, the EU-Project THE, investigating synergies for haptic perception and action, and a HFSP project, focusing on mechanisms of associative learning in human perception. Furthermore, he was coordinating the EU-Project CyberWalk, which developed an omnidirectional treadmill enabling natural free walking in virtual environments. Marc Ernst is president and founding member of the EuroHaptics Society and vice chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Haptics. Furthermore, he acted as expert reviewer for the European Commission and the CNRS, and he served on many organization committees of national and international conferences, review panels, and advisory boards.

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