Former 2-Year Postdoctoral Fellows or former 5-Year Research Fellows with a research grant at the University of Konstanz count as "Fellows".

Sidney Carls-Diamante

Philosophy

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At the Zukunftskolleg since 07/2020 (Postdoctoral Fellow until 06/2023)

Affiliated with the Department of Philosophy

Project: Philosophical Explorations of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder (BD) is a severe and common lifelong mental illness with extensive existential ramifications alongside its psychological and physical symptoms. These existential issues - which are crucial to bipolar individuals' wellbeing - are traditionally philosophical topics. However, philosophical investigations that could address and resolve these concerns (e.g. whether BD is inseparable from one's personality) and other conceptual difficulties (e.g. whether bipolar depression and major depressive disorder are distinct) that influence how bipolar individuals and clinicians understand and handle the illness are sparse.
As BD has not been subjected to extensive philosophical scrutiny, conceptual issues about its nature, manifestations, and management have been neglected. It is necessary to address and identify these issues, as they scaffold understanding how BD affects individuals, dealing with its symptoms, devising treatment programs, developing new medications, future descriptions in psychiatric manuals such as the DSM and ICD, and even insurance coverage policies.

Gabriella Gall

Biology

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Affiliated with the Department of Biology

Project: Exploring the effect of early experience on individual vocal flexibility and group functioning

Most studies in collective behaviour focus on the mechanisms of coordination, such as how individuals make group decisions on where or when to move and which individuals are able to exert the highest influence on these decisions. Less attention has been given to understanding the development and fitness consequences of coordination efficacy.  Furthermore, despite the fact that many social species are known to use vocalizations during coordination, how such signalling behaviour mediates coordination remains poorly understood. During this project I will investigate the use of vocal signals to coordinate group movement and activity in pheasants (Phasianus colchicus), which exhibit marked changes in group structure throughout the year. By using captive reared pheasants, released into the wild when mature, I can manipulate individual’s development, state and group compositions, and post-release track their associations and survival using novel bio-logging technology. Specifically, I ask 1) how vocal signalling develops across an individual’s lifetime, 2) how signals influence group structure and coordination and 3) how early experience influences individual signalling and survival.

Postdoctoral Fellow since 05/2021

Violeta Ivanova-Rohling

Physics

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Affiliated with the Department of Physics

Project: Strategies for improving the quality of solutions, discovered by machine learning algorithms for problems in quantum state tomography

Due to the rapidly increasing presence of artifical intelligence in daily life, it is demanded that the algorithms for machine learning are dependable and safe. The quality of the solutions (models), which these algorithms find, has to be as high as possible. The project will deal with improving the quality which machine learning algorithms find by using two main approaches. One is Widening, which uses parallel compute resources to improve the exploration of the search space and discover better models. The other approach which we will use to improve the learning algorithms is to incorporate invariants to certain transformations, such as symmetries, in the algorithms with the goal of finding better models. An example of this encoding invariance under symmetry transformations into neural network architectures.

Fellow since 06/2020

See detailed profile: https://scikon.uni-konstanz.de/personen/profile/violeta.ivanova/

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