Dr Ian Howard

Dr Ian Howard

Associate Professor Computational Neuroscience

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (Faculty of Science and Engineering)


Module leader for:

AINT351 Machine Learning

ROCO218 Control Engineering

ROCO224 Introduction to Robotics

Previously module leader for:

ROCO222 Introduction to Sensors and Actuators

SOFT561 Robot Software Engineering

SOFT141 Network Programming



Electrical and Electronic Engineering, B.Sc. (Eng.), University College London 

PhD, Speech Fundamental Period Estimation using Pattern Recognition, University College London

PostDoc, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

Professional membership

Society for the Neural Control of Movement

Society for Neuroscience

International Speech Communication Association (ISCA) 

Research interests

I am actively involved in neuroscience research. This involves the study of the human motor system, with particular emphasis on arm and hand movements. I also develop computational models of infant speech acquisition. In addition, I design and develop robotic systems.

Key publications are highlighted

Francis KB, Gummerum M, Ganis G, Howard IS & Terbeck S 2019 'Alcohol, empathy, and morality: acute effects of alcohol consumption on affective empathy and moral decision-making' Psychopharmacology , DOI PEARL
Francis KB, Gummerum M, Ganis G, Howard IS & Terbeck S 2017 'Virtual morality in the helping professions: Simulated action and resilience' British Journal of Psychology 109, (3) 442-465 , DOI PEARL
Francis K, Terbeck S, Briazu R, Haines A, Gummerum M, Ganis G & Howard IS 2017 'Simulating Moral Actions: An Investigation of Personal Force in Virtual Moral Dilemmas' Scientific Reports , DOI PEARL
Howard IS, Ford C, Cangelosi A & Franklin DW 2017 'Active lead-in variability affects motor memory formation and slows motor learning' Scientific Reports , DOI PEARL
Francis KB, Howard C, Howard IS, Gummerum M, Ganis G, Anderson G & Terbeck S 2017 'Correction: Virtual Morality: Transitioning from Moral Judgment to Moral Action?' PLoS ONE 12, (1) e0170133-e0170133 , DOI
Francis KB, Howard C, Howard IS, Gummerum M, Ganis G, Anderson G & Terbeck S 2016 'Virtual Morality: Transitioning from Moral Judgment to Moral Action?' PLOS ONE 11, (10) Author Site , DOI PEARL
Howard IS & Franklin DW 2016 'Adaptive tuning functions arise from visual observation of past movement' Scientific reports Publisher Site , DOI PEARL
Messum P & Howard IS 2015 'Creating the cognitive form of phonological units: The speech sound correspondence problem in infancy could be solved by mirrored vocal interactions rather than by imitation' Journal of Phonetics 53, 125-140 , DOI PEARL
Howard IS, Carroll TJ, de Rugy A, Ingram JN & Wolpert DM 2015 'Enhanced cross-limb transfer of force field learning for dynamics that are identical in extrinsic and joint-based coordinates for both limbs' J Neurophysiol. PEARL
Howard IS & Franklin DW 2015 'Neural Tuning Functions Underlie Both Generalization and Interference' PLOS ONE 10, (6) e0131268-e0131268 , DOI PEARL
Howard IS, Wolpert DM & Franklin DW 2015 'The value of the follow-through derives from motor learning depending on future actions' Curr Biol 25, (3) 397-401 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Howard IS & Messum P 2014 'Learning to pronounce first words in three languages: an investigation of caregiver and infant behavior using a computational model of an infant' PLoS One 9, (10) Author Site , DOI PEARL
Howard IS, Wolpert DM & Franklin DW 2013 'The effect of contextual cues on the encoding of motor memories' J Neurophysiol 109, (10) 2632-2644 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Howard IS, Ingram JN, Franklin DW & Wolpert DM 2012 'Gone in 0.6 seconds: the encoding of motor memories depends on recent sensorimotor states' J Neurosci 32, (37) 12756-12768 Author Site , DOI
Messum P & Howard IS 2012 'Speech Development: Toddlers Don't Mind Getting It Wrong' CURRENT BIOLOGY 22, (5) R160-R161 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Ingram JN, Howard IS, Flanagan JR & Wolpert DM 2011 'A Single-Rate Context-Dependent Learning Process Underlies Rapid Adaptation to Familiar Object Dynamics' PLOS COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY 7, (9) Author Site , DOI PEARL
Howard IS, Ingram JN & Wolpert DM 2011 'Separate representations of dynamics in rhythmic and discrete movements: evidence from motor learning' Journal of Neurophysiology 105, (4) 1722-1731 , DOI PEARL
Howard IS & Messum P 2011 'Modeling the development of pronunciation in infant speech acquisition' Motor Control 15, (1) 85-117 Author Site PEARL
Howard IS, Ingram JN & Wolpert DM 2010 'Context-Dependent Partitioning of Motor Learning in Bimanual Movements' Journal of Neurophysiology 104, (4) 2082-2091 , DOI
Ingram JN, Howard IS, Flanagan JR & Wolpert DM 2010 'Multiple Grasp-Specific Representations of Tool Dynamics Mediate Skillful Manipulation' CURRENT BIOLOGY 20, (7) 618-623 Author Site , DOI
Howard IS, Ingram JN, Körding KP & Wolpert DM 2009 'Statistics of Natural Movements Are Reflected in Motor Errors' Journal of Neurophysiology 102, (3) 1902-1910 , DOI PEARL
Howard IS, Ingram JN & Wolpert DM 2009 'A modular planar robotic manipulandum with end-point torque control' JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE METHODS 181, (2) 199-211 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Howard IS, Ingram JN & Wolpert DM 2008 'Composition and Decomposition in Bimanual Dynamic Learning' JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE 28, (42) 10531-10540 Author Site , DOI
Ingram JN, Kording KP, Howard IS & Wolpert DM 2008 'The statistics of natural hand movements' EXPERIMENTAL BRAIN RESEARCH 188, (2) 223-236 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Körding KP, Fukunaga I, Howard IS, Ingram JN & Wolpert DM 2004 'A Neuroeconomics Approach to Inferring Utility Functions in Sensorimotor Control' PLoS Biology 2, (10) e330-e330 , DOI
Engle PL, VasDias T, Howard I, Romero-Abal ME, Quan de Serrano J, Bulux J, Solomons NW & Dewey KG 1999 'Effects of discontinuing coffee intake on iron deficient Guatemalan toddlers' cognitive development and sleep' Early Human Development 53, (3) 251-269 , DOI
Walliker JR & Howard I 1990 'Real-time portable multi-layer perceptron voice fundamental-period extractor for hearing aids and cochlear implants' Speech Communication 9, (1) 63-72 , DOI
Cerezo Mulet R, Figueroa De Leon R, Venancio Bran J & Howard I 1989 '[Survival, growth and development of very low birthweight infants until five years of age]' Rev Latinoam Perinatol 9, (4) 144-151 Author Site
Howard IS, Franklin S & Franklin DW 0 'Asymmetry in kinematic generalization between visual and passive lead-in movements are consistent with a forward model in the sensorimotor system' , DOI
Howard IS, Franklin S & Franklin DW 2018 'Characterization of Neural Tuning: Visual Lead-in Movements Generalize in Speed and Distance' Converging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation III Springer International Publishing 1030-1033 , DOI
Conference Papers
Howard IS 2019 'A Modular 3D-Printed Inverted Pendulum' Springer International Publishing 413-424 , DOI
Zacharias F, Howard IS, Hulin T & Hirzinger G 2010 'Workspace comparisons of setup configurations for human-robot interaction' 2010 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2010) 18/10/2010 22/10/2010 IEEE , DOI
Huckvale M, Howard IS, Fagel S & ASSOC I-ISC 2009 'KLAIR: a Virtual Infant for Spoken Language Acquisition Research' 696-+
Howard IS & Messum P 2008 'Modeling motor pattern generation in the development of infant speech production' 165-168
Huckvale M & Howard I 2005 'Teaching a vocal tract simulation to imitate stop consonants' 3213-3216
Howard I 1991 'Further developments of a neural network speech fundamental period estimation algorithm' 340-344
Walliker JR, Daley J, Faulkner A & Howard I 1991 'Feature extracting hearing aids for the profoundly deaf using a neural network implemented on a TMS320C51 digital signal processor' Final Program and Paper Summaries 1991 IEEE ASSP Workshop on Applications of Signal Processing to Audio and Acoustics 20/10/1991 23/10/1991 IEEE , DOI
Howard IS & Huckvale MA 1989 'Two-level recognition of isolated word using neural nets' 90-94


My personal homepage is www.howardlab.com