Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Award for JLU Researcher Katharina Dobs

Katharina Dobs has received the most prestigious award for early-career researchers from the German Research Foundation.

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has awarded Research Group Leader Katharina Dobs the 200,000 Euro "Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Award", their most prestigious award for early-career researchers. In her research, Katharina combines mathematical modeling with experimental studies on humans to understand the functional specialization of the human brain in object recognition. Even though we seem to recognize objects without any efforts, it is a major computational challenge that involves almost a third of the approximately 16 billion neurons in the cerebral cortex. Damage to particular regions of the brain, for example due to a stroke or injury, can have devastating consequences for everyday life.

"Dr. Dobs is using state-of-the-art methods to break new ground in visual object perception - which is the basis for almost all of our everyday activities," said JLU First Vice President Prof. Dr. Katharina Lorenz. "I congratulate her warmly on this award and I am very pleased that this outstanding scientist is within the ranks of our excellent perception researchers."

More information can be found here. All awardess will be honored at a ceremony in Berlin on June 4.