Prof. Michael Herzog
Prof. Michael Herzog
(Head of the lab)
Prof. Michael Herzog
Station 19
CH-1015 Lausanne
email [email protected]
phone +41 21 693 9646
office SV 2807


I studied Mathematics, Biology, and Philosophy at the Universities of Erlangen, Tübingen (both Germany), and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA). In 1992, I earned a ”Diplom” in mathematics with a thesis on the structure of the ”Automorphism groups of Hamming graphs” under the supervision of Prof. Hering (University of Tübingen). In 1993, I received a Master in philosophy with an investigation about current approaches to intentionality and representation (Prof. Keuth, Tübingen). My main interest, however, is the wide field of visual perception. Under the supervision of Prof. Fahle at the Section of Visual Science (Tübingen) and Prof. Poggio at MIT, I finished a thesis on ”mathematical models and psychophysical experiments of perceptual learning” earning a Ph.D. in biology.

In 1998-1999, I did a post-doc in the lab of Prof. Koch at Caltech (USA) investigating the characteristics of temporal processing and feature integration. From 1999-2004, I have been a senior researcher at the section of Human Neurobiology at the University of Bremen (Head: Prof. Fahle) and was a leader of a research project at the Center of Excellence 517 ”Neurocognition” of the DFG (German Research Council). Temporarily, I held a professorship for neurobiopsychology at the University of Osnabrueck (Germany) for one year.

Since 2004, I am a professor for psychophysics at the Brain Mind Institute (BMI) at the EPFL in Lausanne (Switzerland).