Marc-Oliver Gewaltig

Simulation Neuroscience Neurorobotics
Marc-Oliver Gewaltig is the Section Manager of Neurorobotics within the Simulation Neuroscience Division.

His team investigates the simulation-aided reconstruction of sensory-motor loops in rodents, using data-driven whole brain models and musculo-skeletal body models. Of particular interest is closed-action perception loops in which an animal influences or actively controls its sensory input.

Marc-Oliver is the co-author of the Neural Simulation Tool NEST (, a popular tool for large-scale simulations of spiking neural networks.

Before joining Blue Brain in 2011, Marc-Oliver was Principal Scientist (1998-2011) at the Honda Research Institute Europe in Offenbach, Germany. He completed his PhD in Physics in 1999.

In his spare time, Marc-Oliver enjoys skateboarding, fencing and filming.

Selected Publications

Falotico, Egidio, et al. “Connecting artificial brains to robots in a comprehensive simulation framework: the Neurorobotics Platform.” Frontiers in Neurorobotics 11 (2017).

Wybo, Willem A. M., et al. “A Sparse Reformulation of the Green’s Function Formalism Allows Efficient Simulations of Morphological Neuron Models.” Neural Computation 27.12 (2015): 2587-2622.

Plesser, Hans Ekkehard, et al. “NEST: the neural simulation tool.” Encyclopedia of Computational Neuroscience (2015): 1849-1852.

Knoll, Alois, and Marc-Oliver Gewaltig. “Neurorobotics: A strategic pillar of the Human Brain Project.”
in Brain-inspired intelligent robotics: The intersection of robotics and neuroscience (Science/AAAS, Washington, DC, 2016), p. [25-34].

Probst, D., Maass, W., Markram, H., & Gewaltig, M.-O. “Liquid Computing in a Simplified Model of Cortical Layer IV: Learning to Balance a Ball.” Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 7552, 209–216 (2012)

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