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Associate Professor Mike Paulin

Email mike.paulin@otago.ac.nz

Phone 64-3-479-7985

Associate Professor Mike Paulin

Please visit my research site: Brains, Biomechanics and Movement

Teaching

Research Interests

  • Neural and biomechanical mechanisms of animal agility
  • Evolutionary-developmental modelling of growth and motion
  • 3D interactive graphics with biomedical and robotics applications

Potential Postgraduate Projects

Projects that I supervise will

  • involve computational models based on experimental data
  • use interactive 3D graphics and animations as tools for exploring and explaining complex systems
  • deal with fundamental issues concerning evolution, growth and/or motion of animals
  • be related to applications in information processing, robotics and/or biomedicine
  • involve collaborations locally (e.g. School of Dentistry) and internationally (e.g. NASA-JPL, California).

Current Postgraduate Students and Student Research

  • Rachel Berquist - Electrosensory prey detection in the dogfish
  • Rupert Farrow - Coding of head movements in bullfrog vestibular system
  • Richard Berry - Interactive 3D model of the mandible with clinical applications in dentistry

Desktop 3D model of Dogfish and Bullfrog coding of vestibular system

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Publications

Paulin, M. G., Pullar, K. F., & Hoffman, L. F. (2016). Heterogeneity, randomness and sparseness in neural activity can be explained by a trade-off between energy and information in spiking neurons. In B. Leitch (Ed.), Proceedings of the 34th International Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research. (pp. 23). AWCBR. Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/awcbr

Monk, T., Paulin, M. G., & Green, P. (2015). Ecological constraints on the origin of neurones. Journal of Mathematical Biology, 71(6), 1299-1324. doi: 10.1007/s00285-015-0862-7

Bauman, O., Borra, R. J., Bower, J. M., Cullen, K. E., Habas, C., Ivry, R. B., … Paulin, M. G., … Sokolov, A. A. (2015). Consensus paper: The role of the cerebellum in perceptual processes. Cerebellum, 14(2), 197-220. doi: 10.1007/s12311-014-0627-7

Hoffman, L., & Paulin, M. (2015). Spontaneous discharge in mammalian vestibular afferents modelled as Gamma-censored Poisson processes. In L. J. Hood (Ed.), Proceedings of the 38th Annual MidWinter Meeting of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO). 38, (pp. 100). USA: Association for Research in Otolaryngology.

Paulin, M. G. (2014). Pattern formation and animal morphogenesis. In N. K. Kasabov (Ed.), Springer handbook of bio-/neuro-informatics. (pp. 73-92). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-30574-0_6

Chapter in Book - Research

Paulin, M. G. (2014). Pattern formation and animal morphogenesis. In N. K. Kasabov (Ed.), Springer handbook of bio-/neuro-informatics. (pp. 73-92). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-30574-0_6

Paulin, M. G. (2004). Evolving cerebellar models. In H. Nakagawa, K. Ishii & H. Miyamoto (Eds.), International Congress Series, Volume 1269. (pp. 34-37). Elsevier.

Paulin, M. G., & Berquist, R. (2000). Virtual Biobots. In N. Kasabov (Ed.), Future Directions for Intelligent Systems and Information Science. (pp. 174-190). Springer-Verlag.

Paulin, M. G., Senn, W., Yarom, Y., Meiri, H., & Cohen, D. (1998). A model of how rapid changes in local input resistance of shark electrosensory neurons could enable the detection of small signals. In J. Bower (Ed.), Computational Neuroscience. (pp. 239-244). New York: Plenum.

Paulin, M. G. (1997). Measuring information in firing rates. In J. Bower (Ed.), Computational Neuroscience. (pp. 167-170). Kluwer Academic Press.

Paulin, M. G. (1997). The role of the cerebellum in neural representation of moving systems. In J. D. Schmahmann (Ed.), The Cerebellum and Cognition. (pp. 515-533). New York: Academic Press.

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Journal - Research Article

Monk, T., Paulin, M. G., & Green, P. (2015). Ecological constraints on the origin of neurones. Journal of Mathematical Biology, 71(6), 1299-1324. doi: 10.1007/s00285-015-0862-7

Bauman, O., Borra, R. J., Bower, J. M., Cullen, K. E., Habas, C., Ivry, R. B., … Paulin, M. G., … Sokolov, A. A. (2015). Consensus paper: The role of the cerebellum in perceptual processes. Cerebellum, 14(2), 197-220. doi: 10.1007/s12311-014-0627-7

Monk, T., Green, P., & Paulin, M. (2014). Martingales and fixation probabilities of evolutionary graphs. Proceedings of the Royal Society A, 470(2165), 20130730. doi: 10.1098/rspa.2013.0730

Monk, T., & Paulin, M. G. (2014). Predation and the origin of neurones. Brain, Behavior & Evolution, 84(4), 246-261. doi: 10.1159/000368177

Hashemi Oskouei, A., Paulin, M. G., & Carman, A. B. (2013). Intra-session and inter-day reliability of forearm surface EMG during varying hand grip forces. Journal of Electromyography & Kinesiology, 23(1), 216-222. doi: 10.1016/j.jelekin.2012.08.011

Chyou, T., Liddell, G. F., & Paulin, M. G. (2011). An upper-body can improve the stability and efficiency of passive dynamic walking. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 285(1), 126-135. doi: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2011.06.032

Sowerby, S. J., Mirams, G. J., Hill, P. C., & Paulin, M. G. (2011). An axisymmetric meniscus converges particles for microscopy. Journal of Microscopy, 244(3), 230-234. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2818.2011.03527.x

Vergoz, V., McQuillan, H. J., Geddes, L. H., Pullar, K., Nicholson, B. J., Paulin, M. G., & Mercer, A. R. (2009). Peripheral modulation of worker bee responses to queen mandibular pheromone. PNAS, 106(49), 20930-20935. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0907563106

Rotem, N., Sestieri, E., Cohen, D., Paulin, M., Meiri, H., & Yarom, Y. (2007). The functional architecture of the shark's dorsal-octavolateral nucleus: An in vitro study. Journal of Experimental Biology, 210, 2730-2742. doi: 10.1242/jeb.001784

Paulin, M. G. (2005). Evolutionary origins and principles of distributed neural computation for state estimation and movement control in vertebrates. Complexity, 10(3), 56-65.

Paulin, M. G. (2005). Evolution of the cerebellum as a neuronal machine for Bayesian state estimation. Journal of Neural Engineering, 2, S219-S234.

Kieser, J. A., Paulin, M., & Law, B. (2004). Intrabony course of the inferior alveolar nerve in the edentulous mandible. Clinical Anatomy, 17, 107-111.

Paulin, M. G., Hoffman, L. F., & Assad, C. (2004). Distributed coding by single spikes in the bullfrog vestibular nerve: A basis for dynamical computation in neural systems. Neurocomputing, 58-60, 73-77.

Paulin, M. G., Hoffman, L. F., & Assad, C. (2004). Dynamics and the single spike. IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, 15(5), 987-994.

Szu, H., Chanyagorn, P., Hwang, W., Paulin, M., & Yamakawa, T. (2004). Collective and distributive swarm intelligence: Evolutional biological survey. International Congress Series, 1269, 46-49.

Assad, C., Hartmann, M., & Paulin, M. G. (2002). Control of a simulated arm using a novel combination of cerebellar learning mechanisms. Neurocomputing, 44-46, 275-283.

Assad, C., Hartmann, M., & Paulin, M. G. (2002). Control of a simulated arm using a novel combination of cerebellar learning mechanisms. Neurocomputing, 44, 275-283.

Paulin, M. G., & Hoffman, L. F. (2001). Optimal firing rate estimation. Neural Networks, 14(6-7), 877-881.

Paulin, M. G., & Hoffman, L. F. (2001). State space receptive fields of semicircular canal afferent neurons in the bullfrog. Neurocomputing, 38, 293-298.

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