Curriculum Vitae

Name: Pietro Berkes
Nationality: Swiss




Education and academic positions

Since Sept. 2011: Scientific software developer at Enthought, Ltd.
2008 - 2011: Postdoc Research Fellow at Fiser Lab, Center for Complex Systems, Brandeis University
2005 - 2008: Senior Research Fellow at Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, University College London (UCL).
2001 - 2006: PhD in Biophysics at the Neural Computation Research Group of the Institute for Theoretical Biology (ITB), Berlin, with Laurenz Wiskott.
May-Aug. 2001: Diploma thesis in Neuroinformatics at the Institute for Neuroinformatics (INI), Zurich, with Konrad Koerding and Peter Koenig.
2000-2001: Part-time work as research assistant at the Institute of Virtual Manufacturing (IVP), Zurich, with Andreas Unterkircher and Prof. J. Reissner.
1996-2001: Diploma (MSc equivalent) in Mathematics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich.

Professional activities

Mar. 2010: Workshop organizer, The sampling hypothesis: relating neural variability to perception and learning, Cosyne 2010, Salt Lake City, UT. (with M. Lengyel and J. Fiser)
Dec. 2009: Reviewer for Cosyne 10, Salt Lake City, UT.
June 2009: Program committee member for BCCN 09, Frankfurt, Germany.
Apr. 2008: Reviewer for the workshop Inference and estimation in probabilistic time-series models, Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, UK.
Dec. 2007: Workshop organizer, Beyond Simple Cells: Probabilistic models for visual cortical processing, NIPS, Vancouver. (with R. Turner and M. Sahani)
Sept. 2007: Symposium organizer, Neural representation of objects in the inferior temporal cortex, EBBS meeting, Trieste. (with Y. Roudi)
Aug. 2007: Workshop organizer, Advanced probabilistic techniques workshop, Gatsby, London. (with R. Turner)
Reviewer: PLoS Computational Biology, Journal of Neurophysiology, Journal of Machine Learning Research, Neural Computation, Frontiers in Neuroscience, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, Networks: Computation in Neural Systems


2010: Royal Society International Travel Grant, for a collaboration with Dr. R. Trotta, Imperial College, London, UK
2008: 3-years fellowship for advanced researchers, Swiss National Science Foundation
March 2008: Royal Society Conference Grant

Teaching experience

Nov. 2010: Guest lecturer for the Advanced topics in cognitive modeling class at Brandeis University
Oct. 2010: Lecturer at the Advanced scientific programming in Python autumn school in Trento, Italy
Sept. 2009: Lecturer at the Advanced scientific programming in Python summer school in Berlin, Germany
2001-2003: Guest lecturer (3 lectures) and tutor at Humboldt University (HU), Berlin, in Mathematics for Biologists.
1998-2001: Tutor at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, in Geometry and Algebra I/II.
1997: Two weeks substitute teaching in Mathematics at a secondary school, Chiasso (Switzerland).


Languages: Italian: mother language
English, French, German: fluent
Programming languages: Python, Java, Jython, C, C++, ActionScript 3
Scientific software: Matlab, SciPy, OpenDX

Other activities

Apr. 2005 - Jul. 2005: Participation to the seminar "Advanced Concepts and Techniques in Software Development" at the Humboldt University, Berlin.
Apr. 2005: Participation to Salone Satellite (international design fair) in Milan with Clara Gaggero, where we presented the CONTATTO lighting system. Nominated by Design Report Award 2005.
Nov. 2002 - Feb. 2003: Participation to the seminar "Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse patent verwertet" ("Patents and scientific results") at the Technical University, Berlin.
1995: Participation to the Computing and Communication Camp (C3) at the Swiss Center for Scientific Computing (SCSC), Manno, with a small project on Genetic Programming.