Franz Scherr

PhD student at Institute for Theoretical Computer Science


I am a PhD student at the Institute for Theoretical Computer Science, University of Technology Graz. Under supervision of Professor Wolfgang Maass, I design and investigate algorithms to advance learning mechanism in brain-inspired artificial neural nets. In particular, my interests include topics of Computational Neuroscience, Machine- and Deep Learning.

You can reach out to me at: [firstname] [dot] [lastname] [at] [tugraz] [dot] [at]


  • Biologically inspired alternatives to backpropagation through time for learning in recurrent neural nets
    Bellec G*, Scherr F*, Hajek E, Salaj D, Legenstein R, Maass W
    [arXiv 2019]

  • * equal contribution and team work

  • Spike-based agents for Multi-armed bandits (Master's thesis 2017, Information and Computer Engineering)
    Advisor: Prof. Wolfgang Maass

  • Gradient-based optimization of AMEA parameters (Bachelor's thesis 2017, Physics)
    Advisor: Prof. Wolfgang von der Linden

  • Automated Security Proofs for Symmetric Ciphers (Bachelor's thesis 2015, Telematik)
    Advisor: Maria Eichlseder