Claus Svarer

MSc, PhD
Research Assosiate


I completed my Masters in electrical engineering from the Department of Automation at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in 1984 with the thesis entitled "Adaptive Observere og Parametrisk Identifikation" (in Danish). Then I worked in a research and development group at Danfoss A/S (private company) until 1991, mostly with analysis of dynamic control systems, adaptive control theory and program development (analysis, design and implementation) for microprocessor systems and process control systems.

I was then fortunate to get a Ph.D. scholarship from the Danish Computational Neural Network Center, CONNECT, starting in September 1991, and was enrolled as a Ph.D student at the Electronics Institute, Technical University of Denmark (now Section for Digital Signal Processing Department of Informatics and Mathematical Modelling (IMM) at DTU). My major interests during the study was optimization of Neural Network Models for Time Series Analysis and Classification purposes. I finished my Ph.D study December 31. 1994. The title of the thesis is Neural Networks for Signal Processing.

January 1994 I moved to the Neurobiology Research Unit at Rigshospitalet where I am working as an Associated Researcher, with Signal Processing and Mathematical Modeling (especially, Artificial Neural Network techniques) within the field of brain modeling.

Scientific interests

My major scientific interests are within signal processing, especially modeling of of brain data. More specifically I have focused on the following issues: The different optimization schemes for artificial neural network's can in general also be used for optimization of other types of linear and non-linear models. In the area of modeling medical datasets these are very important while almost always very limited datasets are present.


Abstracts (and for some of the articles a full postscript version of the manuscript) can be retrieved from our publication database. A list of recent publications can be retrieved from the NRU publication database.

Scientific interactions

In my work at NRU I am involved in projects and collaborating with people from the following groups: from which I interact in particular with the Section for Digital Signal Processing, Department for Mathematical Modelling, Technical University of Denmark, and the PET Imaging Service, Minneapolis VA Medical Center, Minneapolis, USA.

Other duties

I work as a system administrator for the computer laboratory in the Neurobiology Research Unit. This lab is equipped with a number of Hewlett Packard workstations for analysis and visualization of datasets. All workstations are connected in a network for easy transportation of PET and fMRI datasets.

Further, all office PC's are connected via the computer network to the workstations for easy access to image's, analysis results, library databases, etc.

As the coordinator of the Functional Imaging Group (FIG), I accept general comments and ideas for new presentations.


I live in Hørsholm a smaller city 25 km. north of Copenhagen. In the summertime I enjoy going for a sailing trip at Øresund. This is relaxation for body and soul.


If you want to contact me you can either send me an email at claus.svarer#nru.dk, or use the street address below.
Claus Svarer

Neurobiology Research Unit
Rigshospitalet, N9201
Blegdamsvej 9
DK-2100 Copenhagen

Phone: (+45) 3545 6716
Fax: (+45) 3545 6713