Yulia Sandamirskaya is a postdoc in the Institute of Neuroinformatics at the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich. She has obtained a Diplom degree in physics from the Belorussian State University (Minsk, Belarus) and an MSc from the Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB, Germany) in 2005 and a Dr. rer. nat. degree from Institute of Neural Computation at RUB in 2010. She was leading a group ‘Autonomous Learning’ as a postdoc at Institute of Neural Computation (INI) in Bochum from 2011 to 2014. The focus of her current research lies on the development and study of neuromorphic cognitive systems.