Research

I'm interested in a lot of things. My research interests span everything in between of artificial intelligence (Alife, biorobotics) and real intelligence (cellular physiology, single-neuron computations and detailed network simulations). Currently, I'm working as a group leader in the Computational Neuroscience Unit headed by Erik De Schutter at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology. Previously, I was a post-docotral fellow at the Blue Brain Project at the EPFL (1 year), in the labs headed by Idan Segev and Yosi Yarom at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (2 years) as well as in the Stiefel Unit at OIST (2 years).


Edited book

The computing dendrite: from structure to function, Eds. Cuntz H., Remme M. and Torben-Nielsen B. Springer, New York (check here)


Journal publications
  1. (2015) Yalgin C., Ebrahimi S., Delandre C., Li F.Y., Akimoto S., Tran H., Amikura R., Spokony R., Torben-Nielsen B., White K.P., Moore A.W., Centrosomin represses dendrite branching by orienting microtubule nucleation. Nature Neuroscience, Advance online publication. doi:10.1038/nn.4099 (here)
  2. (2015) Wybo, W., Boccalini, D., Torben-Nielsen, B., Gewaltig M-O., A sparse reformulation of the Green's function formalism allows efficient simulations of morphological neuron models. Neural computation (in press)
  3. (2014) Torben-Nielsen, B., De Schutter, E., Context-aware modeling of neuronal morphologies. Frontiers in neuroanatomy, 8:92. doi: 10.3389/fnana.2014.00092 (here).
  4. In memory of Jonathan Laudanski.
    (2014) Laudanski, J.*, Torben-Nielsen, B.*, Segev, I., Shamma, S., Spatially distributed dendritic resonance selectively filters synaptic input. PLoS Comp. Biol., 10(8): e1003775. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003775 (here)
  5. (2014) Torben-Nielsen, B., An efficient and extendable Python library to analyze neuronal morphologies. Neuroinformatics, DOI: 10.1007/s12021-014-9232-7
  6. (2014) Torben-Nielsen, B., Synthetic neuronal morphology. Encyclopedia of Computational neuroscience, (here)
  7. (2013) Stiefel K.M., Torben-Nielsen, B., Coggan, J.S.,Proposed evolutionary changes in the role of myelin. Front. Neurosci. 7:202 (download)
  8. (2013) Wybo, W., Stiefel, K.M., Torben-Nielsen, B., The Green's function formalism as a bridge between single and multi-compartmental modeling. Biological Cybernetics (in press) (ArXiv)
  9. (2013) Lefler Y., Torben-Nielsen B., Yarom Y, Oscillatory activity, phase differences and phase resetting in the inferior olivary nucleus. Front. Systems Neuroscience. 7:22 Download
  10. (2013) Memelli H.*, Torben-Nielsen B.*, Kozloski J. Self-referential forces are sufficient to explain different dendritic morphologies. Front. Neuroinform. 7:1. Download (with commentary)
  11. (2012) Torben-Nielsen B., Segev I., Yarom, Y., The generation of phase differences and frequency changes in a network model of Inferior Olive subthreshold oscillations. PLoS Comput Biol 8(7): e1002580. Download
  12. (2010) Torben-Nielsen B., Stiefel K.M., Wide-field motion integration in fly VS cells: insights from an inverse approach. PLoS Comput Biol 6(9): e1000932. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000932
  13. (2010) Torben-Nielsen B., Stiefel K.M., An inverse approach for elucidating dendritic function. Front. Comput. Neurosci. 4:128. doi:10.3389/fncom.2010.00128. Download
  14. (2010) Torben-Nielsen B., Marylka Uusisaari, Stiefel K.M., A comparison of methods to determine neuronal phase-response curves. Front. Neuroinform. 4:6. doi: 10.3389/fninf.2010.00006. Download
  15. (2009) Torben-Nielsen B., Stiefel K.M., Systematic mapping between dendritic function and structure. Network: Computation in Neural Systems, 20(2): 69 - 105 pdf
  16. (2008) Torben-Nielsen B., Vanderlooy S., Postma E.O., Non-parametric algorithmic generation of neuronal morphologies. Neuroinformatics 6:257--277. pdf
  17. (2008) Torben-Nielsen, B., Tuyls, K. , Postma E.O., EvOL-Neuron: virtual neuron generation, Neurocomputing 71(4-6): 963-972. pdf
  18. (2006) Reeve, R., van Schaik, A., Jin, C., Hamilton, T., Torben-Nielsen, B., Webb, B., Directional hearing in a silicon cricket, BioSystems 87(2-3):307--313.pdf


Refereed book chapters
  1. (2013) Torben-Nielsen, B., Cuntz, H., Dendritic morphology. in "The computing dendrite: from structure to function", Eds. Cuntz H., Remme M. and Torben-Nielsen B. Springer, New York (in press)
  2. (2013) Remme, M., Torben-Nielsen, B., Dendritic computation. in "The computing dendrite: from structure to function", Eds. Cuntz H., Remme M. and Torben-Nielsen B. Springer, New York (in press)
  3. (2013) Stiefel, K.M., Torben-Nielsen, B., Optimized Dendritic Morphologies for Noisy Inputs. in "The computing dendrite: from structure to function", Eds. Cuntz H., Remme M. and Torben-Nielsen B. Springer, New York (in press)


LNAI/LNCS/LNBI - Refereed proceedings
  1. (2013) Alva, P., de Sousa, G., Torben-Nielsen, B., Maex, R., Davey, N., Adams, R. and Steuber, V. Evolution of Dendritic Morphologies Using Deterministic and Nondeterministic Genotype to Phenotype Mapping. ICANN 2013 Proceedings, LNCS 8131, pp 319-326 , Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg.
  2. (2007) Torben-Nielsen, B., Evolving Virtual Neuronal Morphologies: a case study in Genetic L-Systems Programming. ECAL Proceedings, LNAI 4648 eds. Almeide e Costa, F. et al., pp. 1089-1099, Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg.
  3. (2007) Torben-Nielsen, B., Tuyls, K. , Postma E.O., On the neuronal morphology-function relationship: a synthetic approach, LNBI 4366 eds. Tuyls, K. et al, pp. 131-144, Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg.
  4. (2006) Torben-Nielsen, B., Tuyls, K. , Postma E.O., Shaping Realistic Neuronal Morphologies: an Evolutionary Computation Method, WCCI2006, International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN), Vancouver, Canada.
  5. (2006) Torben-Nielsen, B., Tuyls, K. , Postma E.O., Towards Robotic Self-repair by means of Neuronal Remodelling, Kovacs, T. and Marshall, James A.R. (Eds.): AISB'06, Biologically Inspired Robotics (BIRO-NET), Bristol, UK.
  6. (2005) Torben-Nielsen, B., de Croon, G., Postma, E.O., Timing is important: delaying action execution in Plastic Neural Networks, BNAIC 2005.
  7. (2005) Torben-Nielsen, B., Webb, B., Reeve, R., New ears for a robot cricket, W. Duch et al. (Eds.): ICANN 2005, LNCS 3696, pages 297-304.


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