Muammer Berk Mirza


About me…

portrait-mirza-web-548x640I am Berk Mirza and I am from Turkey. I have a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and a master’s degree in Computational Engineering. Currently I am a PhD student at Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at University College London.

I am interested in how self-organized behaviour arises as a result of the minimization of an objective function (i.e. free energy minimization). My main goal is to apply active inference scheme to understand how humans forage for information, in visual scenes through saccadic eye movements, by estimating the parameters that may underwrite intersubject variability.

 

Why I joined PACE…

PACE network brings people with different backgrounds together to work for the same goal, namely, how does the human brain perceives stimuli and integrates multisensory information to plan action. Apart from the scientific value that PACE network holds, it provides the students who join the network with unique experiences such as bringing students in touch with experts of their fields, travelling opportunities and presenting your research in front of the scientific community.

 

My project…

There are a number of things that are common to our species. We all try to make the best decision available based on our limited cognitive capacities. My project engages with the problem of how humans explore the world visually, which necessarily calls upon the perception and action. Perception and action are natural consequences of the Free Energy Principle which suggests that every living thing resists the second law of thermodynamics, namely, the tendency to disorder. Ultimate goal of this project is to estimate parameters that may define intersubject variability (e.g. schizophrenia) in the way they search for information.

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Secondment…

TBC

Scientific Production…

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