Biography

I am a Computational Scientist at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and the principal author of the Brain Dynamics Toolbox. I began my career in Computer Science and worked as a Software Engineer for 15 years before moving into Dynamical Systems and Brain Science. I obtained a PhD in Computational Neuroscience from the University of New South Wales (2013) and further post-doctoral training in Mathematical Neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh. I am interested in how complex behaviour emerges from the interplay of individual cells in the nervous system. This work draws heavily on pattern formation in dynamical systems which I explore using the Brain Dynamics Toolbox. My research has been applied to the illusory geometric patterns that can be seen in stroboscopic flicker and the putative role of travelling waves of neural activity in the motor control and vision. I am currently investigating how the dynamical properties of cardiac cells relates to arhythmias in the heart.

Qualifications

PhD, University of New South Wales (2013)
BSc (hons) Psychology, University of Sydney (2007)
PG Dip Psychology, University of Sydney (2006)
BSc (hons) Computer Science, University of Sydney (1994)
BSc Mathematical Science, University of Adelaide (1989)

Collaborators

Adam Hill, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Sydney.
Jamie Vandenberg, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Sydney.
Michael Breakspear, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Brisbane.
Matthew Aburn, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Brisbane.
Bard Ermentrout, University of Pittsburgh, Dept of Mathematics.
Youngmin Park, University of Pittsburgh, Dept of Mathematics.
Joel Pearson, University of New South Wales, School of Psychology.
Wilson Truccolo, Brown University, Dept of Neuroscience.
Michael Rule, Brown University, Dept of Neuroscience.
Pulin Gong, University of Sydney, School of Physics.
Tjeerd Boonstra, University of New South Wales, School of Psychiatry.
Norm Ferns, York University, Toronto.
Andreas Daffertshofer, VU University, Amsterdam.