Emre Neftci, Assistant Professor

E-Mail: eneftci@uci.edu

Dr. Emre Neftci received his degree in Physics at EPF Lausanne and his PhD at ETH Zurich in neuromorphic computing. He continued his research at UC San Diego as a post-doctoral fellow in the lab of Gert Cauwenberghs to investigate neural models for probabilistic state-dependent sensorimotor learning and processing in large-scale multi-neuron systems. Since 2015, Dr. Neftci is an assistant professor in the department of Cognitive Sciences and Computer Science at UC Irvine. His current research focuses on theoretical and computational modeling of learning in neural systems that exploit the characteristics of neuromorphic hardware.

Georgios Detorakis, Postdoctoral Researcher

E-Mail: gdetorak@uci.edu

Georgios Detorakis holds a degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Crete, a master degree in Brain and Mind Sciences from the University of Crete and he received his PhD in Computational Neuroscience at INRIA and University of Lorraine, France. His thesis focused on modeling the topographic organization of a part of primary somatosensory cortex of monkeys using the theory of neural fields as computational/mathematical framework. As a post-doc researcher at CentraleSupelec (France) and as member of the ANR project "SynchNeuro", he studied the closed-loop deep brain stimulation technique for the treatment of Parkinson's diseade symptoms. He mainly used computational/mathematical models and he conducted analytical work as well collaborating with control theory scientists. Furthermore, he involved in the development of spike sorting software as part of the same project. Finally, he has experience in recording techniques such as EEG and EMG.

Jordan Rashid, Graduate Student

E-Mail: jrashid@uci.edu

Jordan Ali Rashid is a doctoral student in cognitive science, native Floridian, and son of Ismaili immigrants. He was educated by the Jesuits since grade school, and in 2013 received his bachelor degree from Loyola, Chicago in Psychology and Neuroscience. As an undergraduate, Jordan developed a passion for psychophysics working with Dr. Anne Sutter and Dr. Raymond Dye. His undergraduate research interests focused on word recognition, specifically the priming effects of structural regularities in word forms and the grammatical constraints those forms impose. Jordan received his Masters in cognitive neuroscience from the University of California, Irvine in 2016. His thesis in psychophysics addressed the cognitive strategies and neural mechanisms available to humans for extracting summary and statistical representations of visual objects. Since then, Jordan has become interested in applying dynamic models of visual attention to neuromorphic sensing and processing. Currently his work focuses on developing an architecture that performs Bayesian inference on event-based sensory signals that are encoded to maximize efficiency, subject to neuromorphic hardware constraints.

Dan Barsever, Graduate Student

E-Mail: danbarsever@gmail.com

Dan Barsever received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Irvine in 2016.  He is currently a graduate student working in the Neuromorphic Machine Intelligence Lab towards a Ph.D. in Cognitive Sciences with a concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience.  His research interests include brain-computer interfacing, human augmentation, artificial intelligence, and neural modeling.

Travis Bartley, Graduate Student (EECS)

E-Mail: tbartley@uci.edu

Travis Bartley received his BS degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The Ohio State University in 2010. From 2010 to 2013, he worked as a research engineer under Professor Kazusuke Maenaka at the University of Hyogo. He then joined the Shuji Tanaka Laboratory at Tohoku University, where he worked as a researcher from 2013 to 2015. During these two appointments, he conducted research on circuits and algorithms for sensor systems. Since 2015, he has been pursuing his MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine. His current research focuses on architecture and algorithm co-design for computationally efficient neural networks.

Takashi Nagata, Graduate Student (ICS)

E-Mail: takashin@uci.edu

Takashi Nagata received his B.S. degrees in Information science from Tokyo University of Science, Japan, in 2008 and M.S. in 2010 respectively. After graduation, he had 7+ years experience in total as a systems engineer in financial industry and a developer support engineer in a Cloud company where he focused on BigData technologies especially Hadoop and its ecosystem. He joined the Neuromorphic Machine Intelligence Lab at 2017 and has been pursuing PhD degrees in Computer Science. His research interests include Robotics and Machine Learning, especially working memory and reasoning.

Andrew Hansen, Junior Specialist

E-Mail: ah1969@brandeis.edu

Andrew Hansen received an M.S. degree in Neuroscience from Brandeis University and a B.S. degree in Physics - Biophysics from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. His primary interest is to reverse-engineer cognitive processes in neuromimetic neural networks and to develop robust cognitive models using mathematically defined boundaries, empirically derived metrics, and statistical methodologies. Bilaterally, Andrew is interested in exploring the computational dynamics native to neural circuitry to produce and implement novel, cognition-inspired machine learning algorithms. Andrew's inspiration lies in the profound philosophical conundrum of reconciling qualia with a scientifically coherent and functional theory of consciousness. Andrew holds a diverse background of research experience spanning the applied to the theoretical: from neurobiochemistry and epigenetics to the development of single- and multi-neuron simulations as well as programmatic interfaces for experimental neuroscience protocols. When Andrew isn't busy sciencing, he can be found creating artwork via artificial neural networks as well as a variety of conventional means. Additionally, he enjoys playing blues guitar and venturing outdoors with his fellow scientist and life partner Evelia.