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Associate Professor Mike Paulin

Please visit my research site: Brains, Biomechanics and Movement


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


Straka, H., Paulin, M. G., & Hoffman, L. F. (2021). Translations of Steinhausen's publications provide insight into their contributions to peripheral vestibular neuroscience. Frontiers in Neurology, 12, 676723. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2021.676723 Journal - Research Other

Prasad, S., Ramanan, D., Bennani, H., Paulin, M., Cannon, R. D., Palla, S., & Farella, M. (2021). Associations among masticatory muscle activity, physical activity and self-reported oral behaviours in adult women. Clinical Oral Investigations, 25, 5049-5059. doi: 10.1007/s00784-021-03816-9 Journal - Research Article

Prasad, S., Farella, M., Paulin, M., Yao, S., Zhu, Y., & Jansen van Vuuren, L. (2021). Effect of electrode characteristics on electromyographic activity of the masseter muscle. Journal of Electromyography & Kinesiology, 56, 102492. doi: 10.1016/j.jelekin.2020.102492 Journal - Research Article

Paulin, M. G., & Cahill-Lane, J. (2021). Events in early nervous system evolution. Topics in Cognitive Science, 13(1), 25-44. doi: 10.1111/tops.12461 Journal - Research Article

Paulin, M., Pullar, K., & Hoffman, L. (2020). A Bayesian generative model of vestibular afferent neuron spiking. bioRxiv. doi: 10.1101/2020.02.03.933150 Working Paper; Discussion Paper; Technical Report

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