Institute of Neuroinformatics

Spring Semester 2022

Computation in Neural Systems:

Biological and Computational Vision

Thursdays 17.15 h to 19.00 h

(See plan here)

The course starts on Thursday, February 24, 2022

Organizers: Prof. Daniel Kiper

The course will take place in hybrid form (in person and online simultaneously) The lectures will also be recorded and will be accessible on this page.
Here is the zoom link to follow online:

This interdisciplinary course is open to all students of the University of Zurich and of the ETH Zurich. Typically, our students come from Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Psychology. Whether you intend to take the course for credit or to just sit in it, you do not have to ask permission, everybody is welcome.
Materials. The topics covered in each lecture are summarized in the slides used for each lecture, which are available on this website (in pdf format). The main material for the course is therefore your own notes, taken during the lectures. For some lectures, we have additional text, which is also distributed in class. People who would like to know more about vision may want to look at a book: Wandell, B. (1995) Foundations of Vision. Sunderland, MA: Sinauer. Here is a free access to the book.

Assistance. If you do not understand something, fix an appointment with the lecturer. If you miss a lecture, download the handout and ask a friend to explain to you what is going on. 

Exercises. The exercises will be explained as the semester progresses. Their nature ranges from online experiments to readings of papers.
The exercises are meant to help you evaluate your level of understanding. The correct answers to the exercises will be given in class.


The course's official language is English, but you are free to ask questions in German. You can also speak German during the exam if you prefer.

Exam: The exam will be online as well, and takes place on Thursday, June 2, from 5.15pm until 6.15pm. Instructions will be given in due time.

The syllabus will be  adjusted depending on progress.
The recorded lectures will be posted here each week.