Paul Dean trained as a Behavioural Neuroscientist, working initially on the functions of Primate Inferotemporal Cortex with Larry Weiskrantz and Alan Covey at Oxford. On moving to Sheffield, he studied the functions of Visual Cortex and Superior Colliculus in rodents, then became interested in Computational Neuroscience and the modelling of saccade control in robots and people. He is currently working on low-level oculomotor control as a test-bed for theories of cerebellar function. Link to Prof. Paul Dean's research webpage .
Prof. John Porrill trained in Mathematics and Theoretical physics at Cambridge, working with John Stewart on topics in classical general relativity. He moved to Sheffield to work on human and computer vision with John Mayhew and John Frisby and has a continuing interest in the psychophysics of human stereo vision. Recent research projects include video tracking of eye movements and building the EyeLab open source model of the extraocular muscle system. He is currently working on computational models of the role of the cerebellum in the control of eye movements. Link to Prof. John Porrill's research webpage .
Sean Anderson graduated in control and systems engineering (MEng) at the University of Sheffield in 2001. This was followed by a PhD, which developed non-linear systems modelling and predictive control strategies for large-scale combustion systems in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering. He has now segued into investigating that biological electro-chemical counterpart system, which is the brain. More specifically he is working as a bridge between the biological modelling group in Edinburgh and the robotics group at UWE, synthesising adaptive, biologically motivated control algorithms. Link to Dr Sean Anderson's research webpage .
Christian Rössert graduated in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (Diplom Ingenieur) at the Technical University Munich in 2006. This was followed by a PhD and a short post-doc at the University of Munich under the supervision of Dr Stefan Glasauer and Prof. Hans Straka. In his thesis he analysed intrinsic and synaptic contributions to signal processing in central vestibular neurons. This involved modelling and large parametric optimization of single cell, synaptic and network properties but also intracellular electrophysiological measurements. In July 2011 Christian joined the Neural Algorithms Research Group to work in the REALNET FP7 project. His main task is to characterize adaptive filter properties in detailed large scale models of cerebellar microcircuits.
Emma Wilson graduated from Cambridge University with an MEng in Mechanical Engineering in 2007. She then completed her PhD, and a short post-doc at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, Southampton University under the supervision of Dr Emiliano Rustighi, Prof. Philip Newland and Prof. Brian Mace. This involved developing models of the locust hind leg extensor muscle. Her PhD involved both experimental and analytical work and developed her interest in understanding biological systems through modelling and learning from these systems for applications to bio-inspired design. She moved to Sheffield to join the Neural Algorithms Research Group in 2012.