Dr Thomas Wennekers
Profiles

Dr Thomas Wennekers

Associate Professor (Reader) in Computational Neuroscience

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

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

Research groups

  • Computer Science and Informatics
  • Theoretical & Computational Neuroscience

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
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 PEARL
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 PEARL
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 PEARL
Fletcher JM & Wennekers T 2016 'From Structure to Activity: Using Centrality Measures to Predict Neuronal Activity' International Journal of Neural Systems 1750013-1750013 , DOI PEARL
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 PEARL
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 PEARL
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 PEARL
Mill R, Coath M, Wennekers T & Denham SL 2013 'Abstract stimulus-specific adaptation models' Neural Comput 23, (2) 435-476 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
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
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
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
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 PEARL
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
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 PEARL
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
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 PEARL
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 PEARL
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
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
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
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
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
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
Wennekers T & Palm G 2009 'Syntactic sequencing in Hebbian cell assemblies' Cogn Neurodyn 3, (4) 429-441 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 PEARL
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
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
Sommer FT & Wennekers T 2003 'Models of distributed associative memory networks in the brain' Theory in Biosciences 122, (1) 55-69
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
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
Pasemann F & Wennekers T 2000 'Generalized and partial synchronization of coupled neural networks' Network 11, (1) 41-61 Author Site
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
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
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
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 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
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 0 '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' //0 //0
Adams SV, Wennekers T, Cangelosi A, Garagnani M, Pulvermueller F & IEEE 2014 'Learning Visual-Motor Cell Assemblies for the iCub Robot using a Neuroanatomically Grounded Neural Network' //0 //0 1-8
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' //0 //0 563-570
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' //0 //0 , DOI
Garreau G, Andreou CM, Andreou AG, Georgiou J, Dura-Bernal S, Wennekers T, Denham S & IEEE 2011 'Gait-Based Person And Gender Recognition Using Micro-Doppler Signatures' //0 //0 444-447
Dura-Bernal S, Garreau G, Andreou C, Andreou A, Georgiou J, Wennekers T & Denham S 2011 'Human action categorization using ultrasound micro-Doppler signatures' //0 //0 18-28 , DOI
Dura-Bernal S, Wennekers T & Denham SL 2011 'Modelling object perception in cortex: Hierarchical Bayesian networks and belief propagation' //0 //0 , DOI
Wennekers T & Suder K 2004 'Fitting of spatio-temporal receptive fields by sums of Gaussian components' //0 //0 929-934 , DOI
Wennekers T 2000 'Dynamics of spatio-temporal patterns in associative networks of spiking neurons' //0 //0 597-602 , DOI
Suder K, Worgotter F & Wennekers T 2000 'Neural field description of state-dependent visual receptive field changes' //0 //0 545-551 , DOI
Wennekers T, IEE & IEE 1999 'Analysis of spatio-temporal patterns in associative networks of spiking neurons' //0 //0 245-250
Wennekers T & Sommer FT 1999 'Gamma-oscillations support optimal retrieval in associative memories of two-compartment neurons' //0 //0 573-578
Wennekers T & Palm G 1999 'How imprecise is neuronal synchronization?' //0 //0 579-585
Suder K, Worgotter F, Wennekers T, IEE & IEE 1999 'Neural field description suggests feedforward mechanism of state-dependent visual receptive field changes' //0 //0 67-72
Sommer FT, Wennekers T & Palm G 1998 'Bidirectional completion of cell assemblies in the cortex' //0 //0 531-536
Wennekers T & Palm G 1997 'On the relation between neural modelling and experimental neuroscience' //0 //0 267-283