Prof. Dr.
Michael Wibral

Professor für Datengetriebene Analyse biologischer Netzwerke


Campus Institut für Dynamik biologischer Netzwerke (CIDBN)
University of Göttingen
Kellnerweg 6
37077 Göttingen

+49 (0) 551 39 26661



MEG, Computational Neuroscience

Neural information dynamics quantifies the information processing consequences of neural activity - for each element of a neural circuit and for each time step. It allows to track the flow and modification of information in neural systems step-by-step and thus shows how neural computation unfolds in space and time. Magnetoencephalography allows to record electric activity from the human brain with millisecond and millimeter resolution. Predictive coding theory suggests that brains fuse prior information and sensory inputs via the generation of predictions for upcoming inputs, and their comparison to the actual inputs. Mismatches are thought to update predictions continuously. My research focuses on the distinction of the neural signatures of errors and predictions proper.


Since 08/2018

Professor for Data-driven Analysis of Biological Networks. Campus Institut für Dynamik biologischer Netzwerke, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

03/2012 – 07/2018

Professor for Magnetoencephalography (W2). Brain Imaging Center, Goethe University, Frankfurt


Offer for a W2-Professorship and the post of the director of the Biomagnetic Center, Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, declined

10/1998 – 03/2002

Semiconductor Process Engineer, Sunways AG, Konstanz


Novelli L, Wollstadt P, Mediano P, Wibral M, Lizier JT (2019) Large-scale directed network inference with multivariate transfer entropy and hierarchical statistical testing. Netw Neurosci 3(3):827−847.

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Brodski-Guerniero A, Naumer MJ, Moliadze V, Chan J, Althen H, Ferreira-Santos F, Lizier JT, Schlitt S, Kitzerow J, Schütz M, Langer A, Kaiser J, Freitag CM, Wibral M (2018) Predictable information in neural signals during resting state is reduced in autism spectrum disorder. Hum Brain Mapp 39(8):3227−3240.

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Wibral M, Priesemann V, Kay JW, Lizier JT, Phillips WA (2017) Partial information decomposition as a unified approach to the specification of neural goal functions. Brain Cogn 112:25-38.

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Brodski A, Paasch GF, Helbling S, Wibral M (2015) The Faces of Predictive Coding. J Neurosci 35(24):8997-9006.

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Gómez C, Lizier JT, Schaum M, Wollstadt P, Grützner C, Uhlhaas P, Freitag CM, Schlitt S, Bölte S, Hornero R, Wibral M (2014) Reduced predictable information in brain signals in autism spectrum disorder. Front Neuroinform 8:9. eCollection 2014

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Vicente R*, Wibral M*, Lindner M, Pipa G (2011) Transfer entropy--a model-free measure of effective connectivity for the neurosciences. J Comput Neurosci 30(1):45-67. *equal contribution

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Grützner C, Uhlhaas PJ, Genc E, Kohler A, Singer W, Wibral M (2010) Neuroelectromagnetic correlates of perceptual closure processes. J Neurosci 30(24):8342-52.

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Coordinating Functions

Since 2012

Coordinator; Center Grant LOEWE Grant “Neuronale Koordination Forschungschwerpunkt Frankfurt (NeFF)”

Editorial and Scientific Advisory Board

Section editor at Megcommunity.org, Associate Editor Frontiers in Robotics and Artifical Intelligence

Reviewing for: Neuron, Journal of Neuroscience, PLOS Computational Biology, and others. Reviewing for the DFG, the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), and the Human Brain Project.

Awards, Grants and Honor


Co-PI, Project “Context Deep net”, Open call for expression of interest in Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience of the HBP


Coordinator, Center Grant LOEWE NeFF Extension Period


Travel grant awarded by the Commonwealth Scientifc and Industrial Research Organisation for two month stay as a guest scientist at CSIRO, Sydney, Australia

2011 – 2013

PI and member of the board, Center Grant LOEWE Grant “Neuronale Koordination Forschungschwerpunkt Frankfurt (NeFF)”


Co-PI, Grant „Electrophysiological Correlates of Perceptual and Cognitive Dysfunctions in Schizophrenia“, German-Israel Foundation (GIF).