Peter Achermann is Emeritus Professor at the University of Zurich, where he previously led a research group focused on basic and clinical aspects of sleep regulation and analysis of electroencephalography (EEG) signals. He also served as scientific director of The KEY Institute for Brain-Mind Research in Zurich until March 2021.
Prof. Achermann is internationally recognized for his contributions to sleep EEG analysis, modeling of sleep regulation and circadian rhythms, and investigations related to biological effects of electromagnetic fields. His reputation as a top sleep EEG expert, in particular in relation to EEG analysis, is reflected in numerous international collaborations and scientific publications throughout his career.
Over the past decade, Prof. Achermann's research has mainly focused on trait aspects in sleep and wake EEG, developmental aspect of sleep and sleep regulation in preschool children and adolescents, brain connectivity and cerebral blood flow during sleep, and the process of sleep onset and the borderland between wakefulness and sleep. Recent methodological advances included machine learning, particularly deep learning, to automatically score sleep stages and detect microsleep episodes (short fragments of sleep < 15 s).