Topic of talk: Functional signatures of hierarchy in the human visual cortex
Dr. Georgios Michalareas obtained his degree in Electrical Engineering and Electronics at the University of Liverpool, followed by a Master of Science in Telecommunications at the University of Surrey. Finally, he received his PhD in Mathematical Modelling at the University of Southampton.
He has spent most of his career working on signal processing, time-series analysis and mathematical modelling. He first applied his skills in neuroscience in 2008 while doing research under the wing of Prof. Joachim Gross at the University of Glasgow, with a focus on estimating effective connectivity between brain areas from MEG data. Dr. Michalareas continued his research with Prof. Pascal Fries at the Ernst Strüngmann Institute, where he studied functional signatures of bottom-up and top-down processing in the human visual system using MEG.
For the last four years he has been a senior researcher under Prof. David Poeppel at the Department of Neuroscience of the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt. His research is split into two main foci: the study of how a single brain learns statistical regularities, and what brain processes are altered when humans operate within groups. For the latter, he is currently setting up a mobile EEG laboratory where people will be studied in groups and in naturalistic conditions.