University of Konstanz
Graduiertenkolleg / PhD Program
Computer and Information Science

Martin Strauch

Associated Doctoral Student in the PhD program since 01.10.2007.


computer science:Prof. Dr. Michael Berthold
  Prof. Dr. Daniel Keim
biology::Prof. Dr. Giovanni Galizia (Neurobiology, Konstanz)

organisational data

Room: M 1125
Tel.: +49 (0)7531 / 88-2096
E-mail: Martin.Strauch "at"
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project description

Theoretical Neurobiology: Odor coding in Apis mellifera

Neurobiologists have only begun to understand odor representation, coding and further processing in the brain. Working on the brain of the honeybee Apis mellifera, a joint effort by the University of Konstanz and the Free University of Berlin has been initiated in order to solve the riddle of odor coding in the brain. At the moment, novel microscopical and staining techniques are being developed in the laboratory. On the theoretical side, for both, data retrieval from microscopical images and data analysis, algorithmical solutions are needed. Currently, I am working on signal extraction from time-series of images and registration algorithms which map the signals to known physiological structures in the brain. Difficulties which arise here are high levels of biological noise, often due to deficiencies of the staining techniques, slight (but on a microscopical scale considerable) movement of the animals during the experiments and variability between individual animals. As a long-term goal, pattern recognition methods shall be employed in order to better understand the underlying neural circuitry, which is not yet accessible with experimental methods.


The following list of publications covers only those, which are or were published during participation at the Graduiertenkolleg / PhD program.

Articles in Journals


Conference Papers

  • Strauch, M., Rein, J, Galizia, G, Pattern mining in spontaneous background activity from the honeybee antennal lobe, Bernstein Conference on Computational Neuroscience, Frankfurt, September 2009. Link abstract
  • Ma, S., Strauch, M., Münch, D., Galizia, G, DoOR - a Database of Odorant Responses, Neuroforum, Abstract, Göttingen, Germany, March 2009. abstract
  • Strauch, M., Lutz, C, Samuelson, D, Galizia, C., Connecting insect brain imaging to data mining tools - a neuroimage extension for the KNIME platform., INCF Congress of Neuroinformatics, Abstract, Pilsen, Czech Republic, 2009.
  • Klinke, I, Rein, J, Schmuker, M, Strauch, M., Nowotny, T, Galizia, G, Menzel, R, Olfactory coding: integrating experimental and theoretical approaches, Midterm evaluation of the German National Network for Computational Neuroscience, Abstract, 2007.
  • Strauch, M., Rein, J, Galizia, G, Towards understanding olfactory information processing in the antennal lobes of Apis mellifera, Bernstein Conference on Computational Neuroscience, Abstract, 2007.

Phd Theses


curriculum vitae

since June 2007 Scientist at the department of neurobiology, University of Konstanz 
2003 - 2004 Exchange student at the Flinders University of Adelaide, Australia
2000 - 2007 Bioinformatics program at the University of Tübingen, Germany
degree: "Diplom-Bioinformatiker" (comparable to MSc)