PLENARY  9  Theories of Consciousness                         

Friday      April 16, 2010     2:00pm-4:10pm


Marc Ebner 

A computational model for conscious visual perception and figure/ground separation


                                                  Marc Ebner


Marc Ebner  received the M.S. degree in computer science from New York University, NY, in 1994, the degree Dipl.-Inform. from the Universität Stuttgart, Germany, in 1996 and the degree Dr. rer. nat. from the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany, in 1999. He received the venia legendi in 2006 from the Julius Maximilians Universität Würzburg, Germany. Dr. Ebner was awarded a Heisenberg Scholarship from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. He moved to the Universität Tübingen in May 2008. He is author of over 50 peer-reviewed publications and is a frequent speaker at international conferences; particularly on areas such as machine intelligence, computer vision, biologically inspired systems and genetic programming. Dr. Ebner is author of the first textbook on color constancy, i.e. algorithms for automatic white balance which try to mimic human color perception. He has served as a reviewer for  many different technical journals such as Journal of the Optical Society of America A, IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Computer Vision and Image Understanding, Image and Vision Computing, Color Research and Application, Evolutionary Computation, IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics - Part B, Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines, Artificial Life and Journal of the Royal Society Interface, and is a member of the program committee for the major conferences on evolutionary algorithms. He was co-organizer of the European Conference on Genetic Programming in 2006 and 2007 and was local chair for EvoStar which took place in Tübingen, Germany, in 2009.