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Publications in journals (principal in Sciences/Biology), conference proceedings (principal in Engineering/Computer Science) and conference abstracts.
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Lowery, C., & Faisal, A.A. (2013). Towards efficient, personalized anesthesia using continuous reinforcement learning for propofol infusion control. In Neural Engineering (NER), 2013 Proc 6th International IEEE/EMBS Conference on (pp. 1414-1417).(pdf)

Thomik, A. A., Haber, D., & Faisal, A.A. (2013). Real-time movement prediction for improved control of neuroprosthetic devices. In Neural Engineering (NER), 2013 Proc 6th International IEEE/EMBS Conference on (pp. 625-628).(pdf)

Abbott, W. W., Zucconi, A., & Faisal, A.A. (2013). Large-field study of ultra low-cost, non-invasive task level bmi. In Neural Engineering (NER), 2013 6th International IEEE/EMBS Conference on (pp. 97-100). (pdf)

Sim, N., Gavriel, C., Abbott, W. W., & Faisal, A.A. (2013). The head mouse—Head gaze estimation" In-the-Wild" with low-cost inertial sensors for BMI use. In Neural Engineering (NER), 2013 Proc 6th International IEEE/EMBS Conference on (pp. 735-738).(pdf)

Gavriel, C., & Faisal, A.A. (2013). Wireless kinematic body sensor network for low-cost neurotechnology applications “in-the-wild”. In Neural Engineering (NER), 2013 Proc 6th International IEEE/EMBS Conference on (pp. 1279-1282).(pdf)
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Vicente, A.P. & Faisal, A.A. (2013) “Calibration of kinematic body sensor networks: Kinect-based gauging of data gloves 'in the wild' " IEEE Intl. Conf. on Body Sensor Networks doi:10.1109/BSN.2013.6575526, p.1-6 (pdf)
Media coverage on this journal paper:

o WIRED (US edition Oct 2013, "InfoPorn"
pdf,
full length coverage
here)
o Press release
here
o Science Daily
here
o The Conversation (full-length article)
here
o For further media coverage on this paper see this media tracker
here
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Bothe, M. K., Dickens, L., Reichel, K., Tellmann, A., Ellger, B., Westphal, M., & Faisal, A. A. (2013). “The use of reinforcement learning algorithms to meet the challenges of an artificial pancreas”. Expert Review of Medical Devices, doi:10.1586/17434440.2013.827515; 10(5):661-673 (pdf)
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Sengupta B, Faisal, A.A., Laughlin S.B., Niven, J.E. (2013), “The effect of cell size and channel density on neuronal information encoding and energy efficiency”, J of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism;33(9):1465-73 (pdf)
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Faisal, A.A. 2013, “Noise in neurons and other constraints” in Computational Systems Neurobiology Ed N. Le Novère, Springer, Ch.8, p. 227-257 (pdf)
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Kotti, M., Duell, L. D., Faisal, A. A. and McGregor, A. H. (2013) “Towards automatically assessing osteoarthritis severity by regression trees & SVMs”, XXIV Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics, Natal, (Brazil). Selected for oral presentation.

Kotti, M., Du
ell, L. D., Faisal, A. A. and McGregor, A. H. (2013) “A PPCA-Bayesian approach for knee osteoarthritis classification using ground reaction reaction forces”, 19th Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics, Patras, (Greece). Selected for oral presentation.

Kotti, M., Duell, L. D., Faisal, A. A. and McGregor, A. H. (2013) Analysis of knee osteoarthritis data via bioinformatics tools, Int. Environmental ‘Omics Synthesis
Conference, Cardiff, (UK).
Selected for oral presentation.

Kotti, M., Duell, L. D., Faisal, A. A. and McGregor, A. H. (2013) Detecting knee osteoarthritis with statistical and machine learning approaches, Medical Engineering Centres (MEC) annual meeting, Ascot, (UK). Selected for oral presentation and won best presentation award.

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Neishabouri, A. and Faisal, A.A. (2013) Energy constraints link structure and function in thin axons in the brain's wiring,
COSYNE 2013, I-97, Salt Lake City (UT)

Ticchi, A. and Faisal, A.A. (2013) A biophysical model of Bayesian inference and MCMC sampling in neural circuits. COSYNE 2013, II-5, Salt Lake City (UT)

Abramova, E. , Dickens, L., Kuhn D. and Faisal, A.A. (2013) A model of hierarchical motor control and learning: from action sequence to muscular control. COSYNE 2013, III-63, Salt Lake City (UT)
Media coverage on this paper:

o Exclusive article on our work in WIRED magazine 3/2012

o We gave at
TEDx Imperial on this and related work (March 2012)

o We presented this work at TED (London, May 2011)
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Thomik, A.A.C. and Faisal, A.A. (2012)
"Deriving motion primitives from naturalistic hand movements for neuroprosthetic control" Bernstein Computational Neuroscience Conference 2012 Munich (Germany), F 72, p. 201

Abbott, W.W. and Faisal, A.A.
(2012)
"Using ultra-low cost 3D gaze tracking as an intuitive, non-invasive, high information throughput alternative to BMIs"
Bernstein Conference 2012 Munich (Germany), F 103, p. 228


Neishabouri, A. , Finn, A. , Pristera, A. , Okuse, K. and Faisal, A.A.
(2012)
"Stochastic simulations reveal how clustering sodium ion channels in thin axons more than doubles the metabolic efficiency of action potentials", Bernstein Computational Neuroscience Conference 2012 Munich (Germany), F 124, p.248

Mehraban Pour Behbahani, F. and Faisal, A.A.
(2012)
"Human category learning is consistent with Bayesian generative but not discriminative classification strategies", Bernstein Computational Neuroscience Conference 2012 Munich (Germany), T 56, p. 71

Taylor, S.V. and Faisal, A.A.
(2012)
"How internal metabolic state changes motor coordination computations in reaching movements", Bernstein Computational Neuroscience Conference 2012 Munich (Germany), T 83, p. 242

Sylaidi, A. and Faisal, A.A.
(2012)
"What is the hierarchical representation of tasks involving objects with complex internal dynamics?", Bernstein Computational Neuroscience Conference 2012 Munich (Germany), T 84, p. 95
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Ücker, J. and Faisal, A.A. (2012) "The traveling salesman problem in human motor tasks", Neural Control of Movement 2012, Venice (Italy), 2-G-70

Taylor, S.V. and Faisal, A.A. (2012) "Towards the metabolic basis of the cost function in human motor control", Neural Control of Movement 2012, Venice (Italy) 2-G-71

Sylaidi, A. and Faisal, A.A. (2012) "Hierarchical representations of object manipulation tasks", Neural Control of Movement 2012, Venice (Italy) 2-F-55
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Mehraban Pour Behbahani, F. and Faisal, A.A. (2012) "Visual Object Classification is Consistent with Bayesian Generative Representations", COSYNE 2012, Salt Lake City (UT)

Taylor, S.V. and Faisal, A.A. (2012) "Internal metabolic state determines human motor control strategies", COSYNE 2012, Salt Lake City (UT)

Thomik, A.A.C and Faisal, A.A. (2012) "Kinematic limitations to texture discrimination by whiskers", COSYNE 2012, Salt Lake City (UT)

Neishabouri, A. and Faisal, A.A. (2012) "Diffusion of nodal sodium channels can restore function in multiple sclerosis", COSYNE 2012, Salt Lake City (UT)
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EWRL 10 @ ICML 2012: Abramova, E. and Dickens, L., Kuhn, D. and Faisal, A.A. (2012) "Hierarchical, hetereogenous Control using Reinforcement Learning", 2011/12/1-8
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Taylor, S.V. and Faisal, A.A. (2011) “Does the cost function of human motor control depend on the internal metabolic state?” BMC Neuroscience, 12(1):10.1186/1471-2202-12-S1-P99

Neishabouri, A. and Faisal, A.A. (2011) “The metabolic efficiency of myelinated vs unmyelinated axons” BMC Neuroscience, 12(1):10.1186/1471-2202-12-S1-P100

Belic, J. and Faisal, A.A. (2011) “The structured variability of finger motor coordination
in daily tasks“ BMC Neuroscience, 12(1):10.1186/1471-2202-12-S1-P102

Faisal, A.A. and Luria, V.
(2011) “Decision-making and noise in the assembly of neural circuits”, BMC Neuroscience, 12(1):10.1186/1471-2202-12-S1-O11

Abbott, W. and Faisal, A.A. (2011) “Ultra-low cost eyetracking as an high-information-throughput alternative to BMIs”, BMC Neuroscience, 12(1):10.1186/1471-2202-12-S1-P103

Howai, N., Phillips, H. Stan, G.-B. and Faisal, A.A.
(2011) “The implied exploration-exploitation trade-off in human motor learning”, BMC Neuroscience, 12(1):10.1186/1471-2202-12-S1-P98

Gyring, P. and Faisal, A.A. (2011) “Sensory limits in the rodent whisker system predict an internal forward model for sensorimotor estimation of object touch”, BMC Neuroscience, 12(1):10.1186/1471-2202-12-S1-P101

Satti, R., Deakin, G. , Tanaka, R. and Faisal, A.A. (2011) “Genes for adaptation and learning spanning evolution:  computational comparison between synaptic transmission and chemo-tactic signaling protein networks”, BMC Neuroscience, 12(1):10.1186/1471-2202-12-S1-P97

Faisal, A.A., Stout, D., Apel, J. and Bradley, B. (2010) “The manipulative complexity of Lower Paleolithic stone toolmaking”, PLoS ONE 5(11:): e13718 (pdf)
Media coverage on this paper:

o BBC 4
Today Show Listen to the studio interview with Aldo Faisal (3/11/2010)

o Ian Sample, The Guardian: “
Language and toolmaking evolved together, say researchers” (3/11/2010)

o Catherine De Lange, New Scientist: “
Our ancestors had to grow bigger brains to make axes” (3/11/2010)
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Faisal, A.A. and Wolpert, D.M. (2009) “Near optimal combination of sensory and
motor uncertainty in time during a naturalistic perception-action task",
J. Neurophysiol., Vol. 101(4), pp. 1901-1912 (
pdf)

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Faisal, A.A. (2009) ”Stochastic modelling of neurons, axons and action potentials”, in Laing, C. & Lord, G. (Eds.) ”Stochastic Methods in Neuroscience”, Oxford University Press, p. 297-344
Faisal A.A., Selen, L.P.J. and Wolpert, D.M. (2008) “Noise in the nervous system”, Nature Reviews Neuroscience 9:292-303 (pdf)
Media coverage on this paper:

o Carl Zimmer (2008, Wired) "
Your Brain Is a Mess, but It Knows How to Make Fixes"
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Faisal, A.A. and Wolpert, D.M.
(2008) "How to combine old and new sensory
information?", Cosyne 2008, Salt Lake City (UT) I 88

Faisal, A.A. and Laughlin, S.B. (2008) "Scaling relationships for neuronal
circuit wiring set by noise and metabolic cost" , Cosyne 2008, Salt Lake City (UT) III 95

Faisal, A.A., Niven, J.E. and Rogers, S. (2008) "Analysis of Decision Making
in an Insect’s Gap-Crossing Behavior Using Markov Models", Cosyne 2008, Salt Lake City (UT)

Faisal, A.A. (2007) "Studying channelopathies at the functional level using
a system identification approach", AIP Proc., Vol. 940, pp. 113-126 (
pdf)

Faisal, A.A. and Laughlin, S.B. “Stochastic simulations on the reliability
of action potential propagation in thin axons”, PLOS Comp. Biol. 3(5):e79 (
pdf)
  This paper was "Editor's pick"

Faisal, A.A. and Niven, J. E. (2006) "A Simple Method to Simultaneously
Track the Numbers of Expressed Channel Proteins in a Neuron",
in Berthold, M., Glen, R. & Fischer, I. (Eds.)
"Computational Life Sciences II", Springer (Berlin), pp. 257-268 (
pdf)

Faisal, A.A. (2006) "Molecular limits to wiring the brain",
BIF Futura, Vol. 21, pp.113-117 (invited review)

Faisal, A.A., White, J.A. and Laughlin, S.B. (2005) “Ion channel noise places
limits to the miniaturization of the brain’s wiring”,
Current Biology, Vol. 15(12), pp. 1143-1149 (
pdf)
Selected media coverage on this paper:

o Douglas Fox (2011) Cover feature and article: "
The limits of intelligence", Scientific American, July 2011

News & Views coverage on this paper:

o Rachel Jones (2005) "
Signals and noise in tiny axons", Nature Rev. Neurosci. Vol.6, 589

o Kara Nyberg (2005) "
Axon size matters", J. Cell. Biol. , Vol. 170, No. 2, 164-164
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Faisal, A.A. and Laughlin, S.B. (2005) “Channel noise in thin axons limits
spike time reliability”, Soc. Neurosci. Abstr. 276:9

Faisal, A.A. and Laughlin, S.B. (2004) “The effect of ion channel noise on
the propagating action potential wave form and its potential impact on
synaptic transmission”,J.Physiol.(Lond.). 555P:492

Faisal, A.A., Laughlin, S.B. and White, J. (2002) “Effects of ion channel
stochasticity on action potential propagation in axon collaterals”
Forum of European Neurosci. Abstr. Vol. 1, A021.8, Paris, FENS.

Faisal, A.A. and Laughlin, S.B. (2002) “Channel noise limits the minimum
diameter of axons”, J. Physiol. (Lond.) 543P:21

Faisal, A.A., Laughlin, S.B. and White, J.A. (2002) “How reliable is the
connectivity in cortical neural networks?”
IJCNN ’02. Proc. (2002 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks)
Vol.2, pp. 1661-1667

Faisal, A.A. (2001) “Neuronal processing under metabolic constraints”
BIF Futura, Vol. 16(2), pp.21-22 (invited paper)

Faisal, A.A. and Matheson, T. (2001) “Coordinated righting behaviour in locusts”, J.Exp. Biol., Vol. 204, pp. 637-648 (pdf)
Media coverage on this paper:

Exclusive article "
Jump to it", (2001), New Scientist, Issue 2278, p. 25
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Faisal, A.A. and Matheson, T. (1999) “Locust show characteristic righting
behaviour”, Vol. 2, in Elsner, N. and Eysel, U. “Göttingen Neurobiology
Report 1999” , Thieme (Stuttgart)

Faisal, A.A., Fislage, M., Pomplun, M., Robert, R. and Ritter, H. (1997)
”Measurement of Human Eye Movements To Simulate Visual Exploration
of Complex Scenes”, Deutsche Forschungs Gemeinschaft - Report, SFB 316, pp. 1 - 37 (
pdf)