CLS Lab News

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April 2018: Congratulations to Hasan and his wife, on the birth of their daughter!

February 2018: Mark McDonnell's submission to ICLR 2018 is accepted: "Training wide residual networks for deployment using a single bit for each weight", by M. D. McDonnell, available online at arxiv:

February 2018: Mark McDonnell is on a six month sabbatical, at Consilium Technology.

January 2018: The CLS Lab welcomes new Postdoc, Dr Eriita Jone.

January 2018: The CLS Lab welcomes new Postdoc, Dr Muhammad Abul Hasan.

December 2017: Dr Bahar Moezzi receives her PhD!

September 2017: New paper published (open access) in PLOS Computational Biology: "Phase changes in neuronal postsynaptic spiking due to short term plasticity", by M. D. McDonnell and B. Graham, available online:

August 2017: The CLS Lab welcomes new PhD students, Samya Bagchi and Iqbal Maddakatel.

July 2017: The CLS Lab welcomes new Postdoc, Dr Lachlan Gunn.

June 2017: Australian Research Council grant outcomes: A/Prof. Mark McDonnell is a Chief Investigator on the newly funded ARC Training Centre in Cognitive Computing for Medical Technologies, led by University of Melbourne and IBM Australia.

May 2017: The CLS Lab receives funding from the Next Generation Technologies Fund for a project "Anomaly Detection In Satellite Communications Networks"

April 2017: New paper published (open access) in IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: "Track Everything: Limiting Prior Knowledge in Online Multi-Object Recognition", by S. Wong, V. Stamatescu, A. Gatt, D. Kearney, I. Lee and M. D. McDonnell, Vol. 26, pp 4669 - 4683, 2017.

March 2017: CLS project on Omnidirectional vision is featured at the launch of the Next Generation Technology Fund by Federal Minister, Christopher Pyne.

February 2017: The CLS Lab welcomes new PhD student, Emily Gao.

February 2017: A/Prof. Mark McDonnell is Visting Professor at the Institute for Neural Computation, University of California, San Diego

February 2017: An ABC story about PhD student, Brett Schmerl's fire spinning! See here.

January 2017: A/Prof. Mark McDonnell attends Deep Learning Summit in San Francisco

January 2017: A/Prof. Mark McDonnell visits Numenta, in Redwood City, California

December 2016: The CLS Lab welcomes a former PhD student as a new postdoctoral researcher, Daniel Padilla.

December 2016: CLS Lab PhD students awarded Venture Catalyst funding for the startup machine learning company, Analytix

November 2016: The Australian Research Council award a 2017-2019 Discovery Project to Mark McDonnell on understanding hierarchical information processing in the visual cortex.

August 2016: Dr Daniel Padilla receives his PhD!

July 2016: Congratulations to PhD student Bahar Moezzi for submitting her PhD thesis!

July 2016:Mark McDonnell and PhD student Bahar Moezzi attend the annual OCNS conference, in Jeju, South Korea

May 2016:Congratulations to PhD student Demi Gao for submitting her PhD thesis!

April 2016: Dr Sebastien Wong presented a paper entitled "Learned filters for object detection in multi-object visual tracking" at the SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing (DCS) conference on Automatic Target Recognition XXVI in Baltimore, Maryland, United States.

March 2016: A/Prof. Mark McDonnell met up with Prof. Fabing Duan and his PhD students, from Qingdao University, China, in Beijing.</b>

November 2015: Congratulations to PhD student, Demi Gao, who was just announced as the recipient of the Women in Engineering prize in the IEEE Australia Council Postgraduate Student Paper Awards (2014), for her paper "Modelling the influence of Insertion Depth on Electrode Place Discrimination in Cochlear Implants."

August 2015: Mark McDonnell and PhD students Brett Schmerl, Migel Tissera and Philip Crouch attend and present at the 2015 Neuroeng meeting in Queenstown, New Zealand.

June 2015: PhD student Demi Gao visits and delivers seminars at Cochlear Ltd in Belgium, Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, in Munich, TUM in Munich and University of Warwick, UK.

April 2015: Dr Sebastien Wong presented at the SPIE Defense and Security (DSS) conference on Automatic Target Recognition XXV in Baltimore, Maryland, United States, winning the Lockheed Martin Best Paper award for a paper entitled "Mutual information for enhanced feature selection in visual tracking". Image courtesy of SPIE.

March 2015: Congratulations to PhD student Daniel Padilla for submitting his PhD thesis!

December 2014: PhD student Anthony Milton presented a paper at the International Conference on Field-Programmable Technology (FPT) in Shanghai, China: "Development productivity in implementing a complex heterogeneous computing application"

November 2014: Dr Victor Stamatescu and PhD student Anthony Milton presented at the Image and Vision Computing New Zealand (IVCNZ) conference at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Victor presented a paper entitled "A Competitive Attentional Approach to Mitigating Model Drift in Adaptive Visual Tracking", while Anthony presented a paper entitled "The CACTuS multi-object visual tracking algorithm on a heterogeneous computing system"

October 2014: PhD student Avishek Chakraborty delivered a presentation entitled “Dataflow Modelling and Performance Analysis of CACTuS – A Multi-Object Visual Tracking System” at the MEthods and TOols for Dataflow PrOgramming (METODO) workshop, organised along with DASIP 2014 Madrid, Spain.</a>

July 2014: Mark McDonnell published an article in The Conversation entitled: "To understand the brain you need electronic engineers too."

May 2014: Mark McDonnell is Guest Editor of the May 2014 issue of the Proceedings of the IEEE (Vol. 102, No. 5): a special issue on Engineering Intelligent Electronic Systems Based on Computational Neuroscience.

October 2013: Even more congratulations to PhD student, Xiao "Demi" Gao for winning through the semi-final round at the national Three Minute Thesis finals, and making it to the Grand Final (top 8). See here for a UniSA News story (scroll to the end).

September 2013: More congratulations to PhD student, Xiao "Demi" Gao for winning the UNISA finals of the Three Minute Thesis Competition, and receiving entry into the 2013 NATIONAL finals of the competition. See here for a press release and here for a UniSA News story.

August 2013: The work of Dr Tony Vladusich received media attention in the form of this ABC Science online article: "Shades of grey help brain sense surfaces"

July 2013: PhD student Xiao "Demi" Gao presented at the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Congress in Osaka, Japan:

September 2012: Dr Mark McDonnell and two PhD students, Daniel Padilla and Brett Schmerl, attended the 2012 Neural Coding conference in Prague, Czech Republic, and the 2012 Bernstein Conference in Munich, Germany: