Florian Raudies studied Computer Science as a major and Electrical Engineering as a minor subject at the University of Ulm in Germany, earning a diploma (equivalent to a master’s) degree in 2006. He then received a scholarship from the Graduate Program in “Mathematical Analysis of Evolution, Information, and Complexity” at the University of Ulm and graduated with a doctor rerum naturalium (Ph.D.) in 2010. In March 2010 he joined the Center of Excellence for Learning in Education, Science and Technology (CELEST) at Boston University as a postdoctoral associate. In March 2012 he was appointed a Research Assistant Professor in the recently funded Center for Computational Neuroscience and Neural Technology (CompNet) at Boston University. His research focuses on the development of biologically inspired models of motion processing for visual navigation.
Together with Heiko Neumann, Florian worked on the processing of image motion. As part of his doctoral thesis he developed computational models of neural mechanisms for dynamic figure-ground segregation, processing of motion transparency, and the estimation of ego-motion in the presence of independently moving objects in the scene. Solutions of all these tasks can be used to steer robots under visual guidance or to model the behavioral dynamics of human observers during navigation.
Florian performs mathematical analyses and computational model work on visual motion processing for navigation. He collaborates with CELEST’s PI, Ennio Mingolla, Michael Hasselmo, and Arash Yazdanbakhsh on projects concerning the visual guidance of locomotion. Florian also collaborates with Heiko Neumann at the University of Ulm and with developmental psychologist Rick Gilmore at Penn State, along with Ennio Mingolla, to study the development of visual motion processing in humans from infancy to adulthood.