Dr Thomas Wennekers
Profiles

Dr Thomas Wennekers

Associate Professor in Computational Neuroscience

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

Thomas can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Brain modelling
  • Neural networks
  • Computers - bio-inspired
  • Computing - high performance
  • Linux

Qualifications

Research Experience

11/03 - now Reader in Computational Neuroscience, University of Plymouth, UK

04/03 - 11/03 Juniorprofessor in Theoretical Neuroscience, Institute for Neuroinformatics, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

01/99 - 03/03 Research Assistant, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig, Germany

1991 - 12/98 PhD-Student, then Postdoc, Department for Neural Information Processing, University of Ulm, Germany

1990 - 1991 Operating System Programmer, Vogt-Institute for Brain Research, Heinrich-Heine-University, Dusseldorf, Germany


Education

July 7, 1998 PhD in Computer Science (Dr.rer-nat.)

Faculty of Computer Science, University of Ulm, Germany

Topic:Synchronization and Association in Neural Networks

Supervisor: Prof Gunther Palm

1992 - 98 Education in Neuroscience as PhD-Student in a DFG-funded research initiative "Physiology and Theory of Neural Networks"

1991 - 93 Studies of Computer Science, University of Ulm, Germany

Jan. 1, 1991 Diploma in Physics (Dipl.Phys.)

Faculty of Physics, Heinrich-Heine-University, Dusseldorf, Germany

Topic: Stability in Neural Networks

Supervisor: Prof Gunther Palm

1983 - 91 Studies of Physics, Heinrich-Heine-University, Dusseldorf, Germany

1982 - 83 Military Service

June 22, 1982 Abitur, Kooperative Gesamtschule Altenkirchen/Westerwald, Germany

Teaching interests

SOFT 153 -- Algorithms, Data Structures and Mathematics

AINT 353 -- Brain-inspired Cognitive Systems

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Wimmer M, Dome L, Hancock P & Wennekers T 2019 'Is the letter cancellation task a suitable index of ego-depletion? Empirical and conceptual issues' Social Psychology , DOI Open access
Tomasello R, Wennekers T, Garagnani M & Pulvermueller F 2019 'Visual cortex recruitment during language processing in blind individuals is explained by Hebbian learning' Scientific Reports 9, Author Site , DOI Open access
Tomasello R, Garagnani M, Wennekers T & Pulvermueller F 2018 'A Neurobiologically Constrained Cortex Model of Semantic Grounding With Spiking Neurons and Brain-Like Connectivity' Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience 12, Author Site , DOI Open access
Hernández García D, Adams S, Rast A, Wennekers T, Furber S & Cangelosi A 2018 'Visual attention and object naming in humanoid robots using a bio-inspired spiking neural network' Robotics and Autonomous Systems 104, 56-71 , DOI Open access
Emmett MH, wennekers T & denham S 2017 'ConversationPiece II: Displaced and Rehacked' AVANT. Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies , DOI Open access
Kajic I, Gosmann J, Stewart TC, Wennekers T & Eliasmith C 2017 'A Spiking Neuron Model of Word Associations for the Remote Associates Test' Frontiers in Psychology 8, , DOI Open access
Garagnani M, Lucchese G, Tomasello R, Wennekers T & Pulvermüller F 2017 'A Spiking Neurocomputational Model of High-Frequency Oscillatory Brain Responses to Words and Pseudowords' Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience 10, , DOI Open access
Fletcher JM & Wennekers T 2016 'From Structure to Activity: Using Centrality Measures to Predict Neuronal Activity' International Journal of Neural Systems 1750013-1750013 , DOI Open access
Tomasello R, Garagnani M, Wennekers T & Pulvermüller F 2016 'Brain connections of words, perceptions and actions: A neurobiological model of spatio-temporal semantic activation in the human cortex' Neuropsychologia , DOI Open access
Pulvermüller F, Garagnani M & Wennekers T 2014 'Thinking in circuits: toward neurobiological explanation in cognitive neuroscience' Biol Cybern 108, (5) 573-593 Author Site , DOI Open access
Rumbell T, Denham SL & Wennekers T 2014 'A Spiking Self-Organising Map Combining STDP, Oscillations and Continuous Learning' IEEE Transactions on neural networks and learning systems 25, (5) 894-907 , DOI Open access
Dura-Bernal S, Garreau G, Georgiou J, Andreou AG, Denham SL & Wennekers T 2013 'MULTIMODAL INTEGRATION OF MICRO-DOPPLER SONAR AND AUDITORY SIGNALS FOR BEHAVIOR CLASSIFICATION WITH CONVOLUTIONAL NETWORKS' INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NEURAL SYSTEMS 23, (5) Author Site , DOI
Adams SV, Wennekers T, Denham S & Culverhouse PF 2013 'Adaptive training of cortical feature maps for a robot sensorimotor controller' Neural Netw 44, 6-21 Author Site , DOI
Basalyga G, Montemurro MA & Wennekers T 2013 'Information coding in a laminar computational model of cat primary visual cortex' J Comput Neurosci 34, (2) 273-283 Author Site , DOI
Mill R, Coath M, Wennekers T & Denham SL 2013 'Abstract stimulus-specific adaptation models' Neural Comput 23, (2) 435-476 Author Site , DOI
Coath M, Sheik S, Chicca E, Indiveri G, Denham SL & Wennekers T 2013 'A robust sound perception model suitable for neuromorphic implementation' Front Neurosci 7, Author Site , DOI Open access
Dura-Bernal S, Wennekers T & Denham SL 2012 'Top-Down Feedback in an HMAX-Like Cortical Model of Object Perception Based on Hierarchical Bayesian Networks and Belief Propagation' PLOS ONE 7, (11) Author Site , DOI Open access
Humble J, Denham S & Wennekers T 2012 'Spatio-temporal pattern recognizers using spiking neurons and spike-timing-dependent plasticity' Front Comput Neurosci 6, Author Site , DOI Open access
Denham S, Bendixen A, Mill R, Tóth D, Wennekers T, Coath M, Bohm T, Szalardy O & Winkler I 2012 'Characterising switching behaviour in perceptual multi-stability' J Neurosci Methods 210, (1) 79-92 Author Site , DOI
Wennekers T 2012 'Special issue on computational neuroscience' J Neurosci Methods 210, (1) 1-2 Author Site , DOI
Davies LA, Garcia-Lazaro JA, Schnupp JWH, Wennekers T & Denham SL 2012 'Tell me something interesting: context dependent adaptation in somatosensory cortex' J Neurosci Methods 210, (1) 35-48 Author Site , DOI
Rumbell T, Barnden J, Denham S & Wennekers T 2012 'Emotions in autonomous agents: comparative analysis of mechanisms and functions' AUTONOMOUS AGENTS AND MULTI-AGENT SYSTEMS 25, (1) 1-45 Author Site , DOI
Mill R, Coath M, Wennekers T & Denham SL 2012 'Characterising stimulus-specific adaptation using a multi-layer field model' Brain Res 1434, 178-188 Author Site , DOI
Sheik S, Coath M, Indiveri G, Denham SL, Wennekers T & Chicca E 2012 'Emergent Auditory Feature Tuning in a Real-Time Neuromorphic VLSI System' Front Neurosci 6, Author Site , DOI Open access
Olbrich E, Achermann P & Wennekers T 2011 'The sleeping brain as a complex system' PHILOSOPHICAL TRANSACTIONS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY A-MATHEMATICAL PHYSICAL AND ENGINEERING SCIENCES 369, (1952) 3697-3707 Author Site , DOI
Adams SV, Wennekers T, Bugmann G, Denham S & Culverhouse PF 2011 'Application of arachnid prey localisation theory for a robot sensorimotor controller' NEUROCOMPUTING 74, (17) 3335-3342 Author Site , DOI
Mill R, Coath M, Wennekers T & Denham SL 2011 'A neurocomputational model of stimulus-specific adaptation to oddball and Markov sequences' PLoS Comput Biol 7, (8) Author Site , DOI Open access
Basalyga G, Gleiser PM & Wennekers T 2011 'Emergence of small-world structure in networks of spiking neurons through STDP plasticity' Adv Exp Med Biol 718, 33-39 Author Site , DOI
Coath M, Mill R, Denham SL & Wennekers T 2011 'Emergent feature sensitivity in a model of the auditory thalamocortical system' Adv Exp Med Biol 718, 7-17 Author Site , DOI
Humble J, Furber S, Denham SL & Wennekers T 2011 'STDP pattern onset learning depends on background activity' Adv Exp Med Biol 718, 19-31 Author Site , DOI
Dura-Bernal S, Wennekers T & Denham SL 2011 'The role of feedback in a hierarchical model of object perception' Adv Exp Med Biol 718, 165-179 Author Site , DOI
Wennekers T & Palm G 2009 'Syntactic sequencing in Hebbian cell assemblies' Cogn Neurodyn 3, (4) 429-441 Author Site , DOI
Cutsuridis V & Wennekers T 2009 'Hippocampus, microcircuits and associative memory' Neural Netw 22, (8) 1120-1128 Author Site , DOI
Cutsuridis V, Wennekers T, Graham BP, Vida I & Taylor JG 2009 'Microcircuits--their structure, dynamics and role for brain function' Neural Netw 22, (8) 1037-1038 Author Site , DOI
Symes A & Wennekers T 2009 'Spatiotemporal dynamics in the cortical microcircuit: a modelling study of primary visual cortex layer 2/3' Neural Netw 22, (8) 1079-1092 Author Site , DOI
Garagnani M, Wennekers T & Pulvermüller F 2009 'Recruitment and Consolidation of Cell Assemblies for Words by Way of Hebbian Learning and Competition in a Multi-Layer Neural Network' Cognit Comput 1, (2) 160-176 Author Site , DOI
Wennekers T 2008 'Tuned solutions in dynamic neural fields as building blocks for extended EEG models' Cogn Neurodyn 2, (2) 137-146 Author Site , DOI
Garagnani M, Wennekers T & Pulvermüller F 2008 'A neuroanatomically grounded Hebbian-learning model of attention-language interactions in the human brain' Eur J Neurosci 27, (2) 492-513 Author Site , DOI Open access
Wennekers T 2007 'A cell assembly model for complex behaviour' Neurocomputing 70, (10-12) 1988-1992
Garagnani M, Wennekers T & Pulvermuller F 2007 'A neuronal model of the language cortex' Neurocomputing 70, (10-12) 1914-1919
Andras P & Wennekers T 2007 'Cortical activity pattern computation' Biosystems 87, (2-3) 179-185
Andras P & Wennekers T 2007 'Cortical Activity Pattern Computation' BioSystems 87, 179-185
Olbrich E & Wennekers T 2007 'Dynamics of parameters of neurophysiological models from phenomenological EEG modeling' Neurocomputing 70, (10-12) 1848-1852
Wennekers T, Ay N & Andras P 2007 'High-resolution multiple-unit EEG in cat auditory cortex reveals large spatio-temporal stochastic interactions' Biosystems 89, (1-3) 190-197
Wennekers T & Ay N 2006 'A temporal learning rule in recurrent systems supports high spatio-temporal stochastic interactions' Neurocomputing 69, (10-12) 1199-1202
Wennekers T, Garagnani M & Pulvermuller F 2006 'Language models based on Hebbian cell assemblies' Journal of Physiology-Paris 100, (1-3) 16-30
Wennekers T, Garagnani M & Pulvermueller F 2006 'Language models based on Hebbian cell assemblies' JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY-PARIS 100, (1-3) 16-30 Author Site , DOI
Wennekers T & Ay N 2005 'Finite state automata resulting from temporal information maximization and a temporal learning rule' Neural Computation 17, (10) 2258-2290
Wennekers T & Ay N 2005 'Stochastic interaction in associative nets' Neurocomputing 65, 387-392
Sommer FT & Wennekers T 2005 'Synfire chains with conductance-based neurons: internal timing and coordination with timed input' Neurocomputing 65, 449-454
Wennekers T & Suder K 2004 'Fitting of spatio-temporal receptive fields by sums of Gaussian components' Neurocomputing 58-60, 929-934
Wennekers T 2004 'Separation of spatio-temporal receptive fields into sums of Gaussian components' Journal of Computational Neuroscience 16, (1) 27-38
Ay N & Wennekers T 2003 'Dynamical properties of strongly interacting Markov chains' Neural Networks 16, (10) 1483-1497
WENNEKERS T 2003 'Editorial: Cell Assemblies' Theory in Biosciences 122, (1) 1-4 , DOI
Sommer FT & Wennekers T 2003 'Models of distributed associative memory networks in the brain' Theory in Biosciences 122, (1) 55-69
Sommer FT & Wennekers T 2003 'Models of distributed associative memory networks in the brain' Theory in Biosciences 122, (1) 55-69 , DOI
Hutt A, Bestehorn M & Wennekers T 2003 'Pattern formation in intracortical neuronal fields' Network-Computation in Neural Systems 14, (2) 351-368
Wennekers T & Ay N 2003 'Spatial and temporal stochastic interaction in neuronal assemblies' Theory in Biosciences 122, (1) 5-18
Wennekers T & Ay N 2003 'Spatial and temporal stochastic interaction in neuronal assemblies' Theory in Biosciences 122, (1) 5-18 , DOI
Ay N & Wennekers T 2003 'Temporal infomax leads to almost deterministic dynamical systems' Neurocomputing 52-4, 461-466
Wennekers T & Ay N 2003 'Temporal Infomax on Markov chains with input leads to finite state automata' Neurocomputing 52-4, 431-436
Wennekers T, Sommer F & Aertsen A 2003 'Theories in bioscience - Editorial: Cell assemblies' Theory in Biosciences 122, (1) 1-4
Wennekers T 2002 'Dynamic approximation of spatiotemporal receptive fields in nonlinear neural field models' Neural Computation 14, (8) 1801-1825
Knoblauch A, Wennekers T & Sommer FT 2002 'Is voltage-dependent synaptic transmission in NMDA receptors a robust mechanism for working memory?' Neurocomputing 44, 19-24
Wennekers T 2002 'Nonlinear analysis of simple cell tuning in visual cortex' Artificial Neural Networks - Icann 2002 2415, 63-68
Wennekers T 2002 'Nonlinear analysis of spatio-temporal receptive fields: I. Dynamic approximation method' Neurocomputing 44, 201-206
Wennekers T 2002 'Nonlinear analysis of spatio-temporal receptive fields: II. Dynamic properties of V1 simple cells' Neurocomputing 44, 207-212
Wennekers T 2002 'Nonlinear analysis of spatio-temporal receptive fields: III. RF-reconstruction from mean-field approximations' Neurocomputing 44, 213-218
Wennekers T 2002 'Nonlinear analysis of spatio-temporal receptive fields: IV. Generic tuning properties for rectifying rate-functions' Neurocomputing 44, 219-223
Suder K, Funke K, Zhao YQ, Kerscher N, Wennekers T & Worgotter F 2002 'Spatial dynamics of receptive fields in cat primary visual cortex related to the temporal structure of thalamocortical feedforward activity - Experiments and models' Experimental Brain Research 144, (4) 430-444
Sommer FT & Wennekers T 2001 'Associative memory in a pair of cortical cell groups with reciprocal projections' Neurocomputing 38, 1575-1580
Sommer FT & Wennekers T 2001 'Associative memory in networks of spiking neurons' Neural Networks 14, (6-7) 825-834
Wennekers T & Pasemann F 2001 'Generalized types of synchronization in networks of spiking neurons' Neurocomputing 38, 1037-1042
Suder K, Worgotter F & Wennekers T 2001 'Neural field model of receptive field restructuring in primary visual cortex' Neural Computation 13, (1) 139-159
Wennekers T 2001 'Nonlinear analysis of orientation tuning: Stationary properties of simple cells in V1' Neurocomputing 38, 439-444
Wennekers T 2001 'Orientation tuning properties of simple cells in area V1 derived from an approximate analysis of nonlinear neural field models' Neural Computation 13, (8) 1721-1747
Sommer FT & Wennekers T 2000 'Modelling studies on the computational function of fast temporal structure in cortical circuit activity' J Physiol Paris 94, (5-6) 473-488 Author Site , DOI
Pasemann F & Wennekers T 2000 'Generalized and partial synchronization of coupled neural networks' Network 11, (1) 41-61 Author Site
Pasemann F & Wennekers T 1999 'Complete synchronization in coupled neuromodules of different types' THEORY IN BIOSCIENCES 118, (3-4) 267-283 Author Site
Wennekers T & Sommer FT 1999 'Gamma-oscillations support optimal retrieval in associative memories of two-compartment neurons' NEUROCOMPUTING 26-7, 573-578 Author Site , DOI
Wennekers T & Palm G 1999 'How imprecise is neuronal synchronization?' NEUROCOMPUTING 26-7, 579-585 Author Site , DOI
Palm G & Wennekers T 1997 'Synchronicity and its use in the brain' BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES 20, (4) 695-+ Author Site , DOI
Wennekers T & Pasemann F 1996 'Synchronous chaos in high-dimensional modular neural networks' INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BIFURCATION AND CHAOS 6, (11) 2055-2067 Author Site , DOI
Bibbig A, Wennekers T & Palm G 1996 'A neural-network model of the cortico-hippocampal interplay: Contexts and generalization' ENGINEERING APPLICATIONS OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE 9, (2) 145-151 Author Site , DOI
Bibbig A, Wennekers T & Palm G 1995 'A neural network model of the cortico-hippocampal interplay and the representation of contexts' Behav Brain Res 66, (1-2) 169-175 Author Site , DOI
WENNEKERS T & GIERSCH C 1991 'SENSITIVITY ANALYSIS OF A SIMPLE-MODEL FOOD-CHAIN' ECOLOGICAL MODELLING 54, (3-4) 265-276 Author Site , DOI
Wennekers T & Cangelosi A 'Behavioral Learning in a Cognitive Neuromorphic Robot: An Integrative Approach' IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems , DOI Open access
Wennekers T 'On the Natural Hierarchical Composition of Cliques in Cell Assemblies' Journal of Cognitive Neurodynamics 1, 128-138 , DOI
Reviews
Wennekers T 2006 'Operational cell assemblies as a paradigm for brain-inspired future computing architectures' Neural Information Processing - Letters and Reviews 10, 135-145
Conference Papers
Kajic I & Wennekers T 2015 'Neural network model of semantic processing in the remote associates test'
Adams SV, Wennekers T, Cangelosi A, Garagnani M & Pulvermuller F 2014 'Learning visual-motor Cell Assemblies for the iCub robot using a neuroanatomically grounded neural network' 2014 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence, Cognitive Algorithms, Mind, and Brain (CCMB) 2-/-1/20142-/-1/2014IEEE , DOI
Adams SV, Rast AD, Patterson C, Galluppi F, Brohan K, Perez-Carrasco J-A, Wennekers T, Furber S & Cangelosi A 2014 'Towards Real-World Neurorobotics: Integrated Neuromorphic Visual Attention' 563-570
Garreau G, Andreou CM, Andreou AG, Georgiou J, Dura-Bernal S, Wennekers T & Denham S 2011 'Gait-based person and gender recognition using micro-doppler signatures' 2011 IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference (BioCAS) 1-/-1/20111-/-1/2011IEEE , DOI
Georgiou J, Pouliquen P, Cassidy A, Garreau G, Andreou C, Stuarts G, d'Urbal C, Andreou AG, Denham S & Wennekers T 2011 'A multimodal-corpus data collection system for cognitive acoustic scene analysis' 2011 45th Annual Conference on Information Sciences and Systems (CISS) 3-/-0/20113-/-0/2011IEEE , DOI
Dura-Bernal S, Wennekers T & Denham SL 2011 'Modelling object perception in cortex: Hierarchical Bayesian networks and belief propagation' 2011 45th Annual Conference on Information Sciences and Systems (CISS) 3-/-0/20113-/-0/2011IEEE , DOI
Dura-Bernal S, Garreau G, Andreou C, Andreou A, Georgiou J, Wennekers T & Denham S 2011 'Human Action Categorization Using Ultrasound Micro-Doppler Signatures' Springer Berlin Heidelberg 18-28 , DOI
Wennekers T & Suder K 2004 'Fitting of spatio-temporal receptive fields by sums of Gaussian components' 929-934 , DOI
Wennekers T 2000 'Dynamics of spatio-temporal patterns in associative networks of spiking neurons' 597-602 , DOI
Suder K, Worgotter F & Wennekers T 2000 'Neural field description of state-dependent visual receptive field changes' 545-551 , DOI
Wennekers T, IEE & IEE 1999 'Analysis of spatio-temporal patterns in associative networks of spiking neurons' 245-250
Wennekers T & Sommer FT 1999 'Gamma-oscillations support optimal retrieval in associative memories of two-compartment neurons' 573-578
Wennekers T & Palm G 1999 'How imprecise is neuronal synchronization?' 579-585
Suder K, Worgotter F, Wennekers T, IEE & IEE 1999 'Neural field description suggests feedforward mechanism of state-dependent visual receptive field changes' 67-72
Sommer FT, Wennekers T & Palm G 1998 'Bidirectional completion of cell assemblies in the cortex' 531-536
Wennekers T & Palm G 1997 'On the relation between neural modelling and experimental neuroscience' 267-283
Wennekers T & Palm G 1996 'Controlling the speed of synfire chains' Springer Berlin Heidelberg 451-456 , DOI
Bibbig A, Wennekers T & Palm G 1995 'Neural network model of the cortico-hippocampal interplay: Contexts and generalization' 12-18
Reports
Wennekers T 2009 Felix - A Simulation-Tool for Neural Networks (and Dynamical Systems). User Guide. Open access