Research Fellow

PD Dr. Thomas Burwick

Research Area: Neuroscience
Focuses: Cortical Development, Cognitive Processes, Neural Networks

Research Group


Office: 3|300 (FIAS)
Phone: +49 69 798 47660


Thomas Burwick studied mathematics and physics at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and received the ETH master's degree (Dipl. Phys. ETH) with distinction in 1987 (Diplom mit Auszeichnung). He also spent an academic year at the Sorbonne University (UPMC) in Paris, France. In 1992, he received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, with a thesis on particle physics, quantum gravity, and string theory. 

From 1992 to 1994, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, California, USA, working at SLAC. Participating also in the meetings of the Stanford Parallel Distributed Processing (PDP) group, his research interest shifted towards understanding biological and artificial intelligence. From 1995 to 1998, he headed the Dynamical Systems Group and the Learning Systems Group at the Institute for Neural Computation, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. In 1999, he co-founded a software company, dedicated to neural network prediction and group planning systems. He served as its Chairman, in the Board of Directors, and as its Chief Scientist until 2010. From 2004 to 2013, he was also a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (FIT), St. Augustin, Germany. 

In 2012, he has been awarded the German qualification for Professorship (Habilitation) at the Goethe-University Frankfurt and has been appointed Adjunct Professor (PD) of Theoretical Physics. He lectures and researches about topics from physics, neuroscience, and artificial intelligence. Since 2017, he is also an Associate Member of the Maastricht Center for Systems Biology (MaCSBio), Maastricht University, The Netherlands. He is an Editorial Board Member of Neural Networks (Elsevier).



2010 - today Research Fellow

Further organisations

  • Adjunct Professor (PD) of Theoretical Physics, Physics Department, Goethe University Frankfurt
  • Member of Editorial Board, Neural Networks (Elsevier)
  • Associate Member, Maastricht Center for Systems Biology (MaCSBio), Maastricht University, Maastricht, Netherlands