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Biography

I have been on the academic staff at Bournemouth University since 2012, where we set up a Computational Neuroscience Lab.

After my Ph.D. in time series analyses with Profs Secundino del Valle (Biology Faculty, University of Valencia) and Emilio Soria (Intelligent Data Analysis Institute, University of Valencia), I was in an industrial secondment in the Artificial Intelligence group at the IT company TISSAT for nearly four years. Then I was post-doc with Prof Sue Denham (Cognition Institute, University of Plymouth, 2005-2008), developing models of auditory processing. From 2009-2012 I was first post-doc (2009-2010) and then project leader (2010-2012) at the Bernstein Centre for Computational Neuroscience (University of Heidelberg) working with Prof Daniel Durstewitz; my research focused on the identification of neuronal ensemble dynamics.

Previous and active projects in our computational neuroscience lab at Bournemouth University include models of top-down auditory processing, algorithms for understanding cortical networks dynamics, trial-to-trial variability in decision making and emotional and flow states processing; among other multiple collaborations...

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Research

Some of the research directions in our Computational Neuroscience Lab include:

o Modelling mesoscopic responses of the human auditory cortex during the perception of sounds. In this area, I collaborate with Andre Rupp (Heidelberg University) and Sue Denham (Plymouth University); and previously with Ray Meddis (Essex University). We focus on the analysis of top-down-bottom-up interactions during the perception of pitch and timbre. These basic science projects are helpful, for instance, for a future better understanding of auditory central processing disorders.

o Cortical network dynamics in-vivo and in-vitro, in collaboration with Maria Victoria Sanchez-Vives (IDIBAPS, University of Barcelona) and Ruben Moreno-Bote (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona). Previously, I collaborated with Daniel Durstewitz (Heidelberg University), Christopher Lapish (Indiana Purdue University), Jeremy Seamans (British Columbia) and James Hyman (University of Nevada). In our projects in this area, we develop approaches for understanding the neuronal dynamics underlying default cortical activity states and decision making. These are fundamental questions in neuroscience which, in addition, provide the basis to future projects on discerning normal from altered brain dynamics.

o Multidisciplinary collaborations on human high-order cognition include studies on the analysis of emotional and immersive sates, interpersonal processes and cognitive control; in collaboration with Ellen Seiss, Ben Parris and Xun He...

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Favourites

Journal Articles

  • Michailidis, L., Balaguer-Ballester, E. and He, X., 2018. Flow and immersion in video games: The aftermath of a conceptual challenge. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 1682.
  • Balaguer-Ballester, E., 2017. Cortical variability and challenges for modeling approaches. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 11.
  • Nogueira, R., Abolafia, J.M., Drugowitsch, J., Balaguer-Ballester, E., Sanchez-Vives, M.V. and Moreno-Bote, R., 2017. Lateral orbitofrontal cortex anticipates choices and integrates prior with current information. Nature Communications, 8.
  • Elisa, R.N., Balaguer-Ballester, E. and Parris, B.A., 2016. Inattention, working memory, and goal neglect in a community sample. Frontiers in Psychology, 7 (SEP).
  • Tabas, A., Siebert, A., Supek, S., Pressnitzer, D., Balaguer-Ballester, E. and Rupp, A., 2016. Insights on the neuromagnetic representation of temporal asymmetry in human auditory cortex. PLoS ONE, 11 (4).
  • Lapish, C.C., Balaguer-Ballester, E., Seamans, J.K., Phillips, A.G. and Durstewitz, D., 2015. Amphetamine exerts dose-dependent changes in prefrontal cortex attractor dynamics during working memory. Journal of Neuroscience, 35 (28), 10172-10187.
  • Balaguer-Ballester, E., Tabas-Diaz, A. and Budka, M., 2014. Can we identify non-stationary dynamics of trial-to-trial variability?". PLoS One, 9 (4).
  • Bernal-Casas, D., Balaguer-Ballester, E., Gerchen, M.F., Iglesias, S., Walter, H., Heinz, A., Meyer-Lindenberg, A., Stephan, K.E. and Kirsch, P., 2013. Multi-site reproducibility of prefrontal-hippocampal connectivity estimates by stochastic DCM. Neuroimage, 82, 555-563.
  • Balaguer-Ballester, E., Balaguer, E., Durstewitz, D., Deco, G. and Moreno-Bote, R., 2013. Editorial of the Special Issue in Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience: “Metastable Dynamics of Neural Ensembles”. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience.
  • Hyman, J.M., Ma, L., Balaguer-Ballester, E., Durstewitz, D. and Seamans, J.K., 2012. Contextual encoding by ensembles of medial prefrontal cortex neurons. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 109 (13), 5086-5091.
  • Balaguer-Ballester, E., Lapish, C.C., Seamans, J.K. and Durstewitz, D., 2011. Attracting dynamics of frontal cortex ensembles during memory-guided decision-making. PLoS Comput Biol, 7 (5), e1002057.
  • Durstewitz, D. and Balaguer-Ballester, E., 2010. Statistical Approaches for Reconstructing Neuro-Cognitive Dynamics from High-Dimensional Neural Recordings. NEUROFORUM, 16 (4), 266-+.
  • Balaguer-Ballester, E., Clark, N.R., Coath, M., Krumbholz, K. and Denham, S.L., 2009. Understanding pitch perception as a hierarchical process with top-down modulation. PLoS Comput Biol, 5 (3), e1000301.
  • Gómez-Pérez, G., Martín-Guerrero, J.D., Soria-Olivas, E., Balaguer-Ballester, E., Palomares, A. and Casariego, N., 2009. Assigning discounts in a marketing campaign by using reinforcement learning and neural networks. Expert Systems With Applications, 36, 8022-8031.
  • Balaguer-Ballester, E., Denham, S.L. and Meddis, R., 2008. A cascade autocorrelation model of pitch perception. J Acoust Soc Am, 124 (4), 2186-2195.
  • Coath, M., Balaguer-Ballester, E., Denham, S.L. and Denham, M., 2008. The linearity of emergent spectro-temporal receptive fields in a model of auditory cortex. Biosystems, 94 (1-2), 60-67.
  • Balaguer, E., Palomares, A., Soria, E. and Martín-Guerrero, J.D., 2008. Predicting service request in support centers based on nonlinear dynamics, ARMA modeling and neural networks. Expert Systems with Applications, 34, 665-672.
  • Balaguer-Ballester, E., Coath, M. and Denham, S.L., 2007. A model of perceptual segregation based on clustering the time series of the simulated auditory nerve firing probability. Biol Cybern, 97 (5-6), 479-491.
  • Martín-Guerrero, J.D., Lisboa, P.J.G., Soria-Olivas, E., Palomares, A. and Balaguer, E., 2007. An approach based on the Adaptive Resonance Theory for analysing the viability of recommender systems in a citizen Web portal. Expert Systems with Applications, 33, 743-753.
  • Martín-Guerrero, J.D., Palomares, A., Balaguer-Ballester, E., Soria-Olivas, E., Gómez-Sanchis, J. and Soriano-Asensi, A., 2006. Studying the feasibility of a recommender in a citizen web portal based on user modeling and clustering algorithms. Expert systems with applications, 30, 299-312.
  • Balaguer-Ballester, E., Camps i Valls, G., Carrasco-Rodriguez, J.L., Soria Olivas, E. and del Valle-Tascon, S., 2002. Effective 1-day ahead prediction of hourly surface ozone concentrations in eastern Spain using linear models and neural networks. Ecological Modelling, 156, 27-41.

Books

Chapters

  • Tabas, A., Rupp, A. and Balaguer-Ballester, E., 2016. Competition between cortical ensembles explains pitch-related dynamics of auditory evoked fields. 314-321.
  • Tabas-Diaz, A., Balaguer-Ballester, E., Pressnitzer, D., Siebert, A. and Rupp, A., 2014. Hierarchical Processing of Temporal Asymmetry in Human Auditory Cortex. Pattern Recognition in Neuroimaging. IEEE Conference Publishing Services, In press.
  • Tabas, Igual, L. and Balaguer-Ballester, E., 2014. Spatial Discriminant ICA for RS-fMRI characterisation. Pattern Recognition in Neuroimaging Conference 2014. IEEE XPLore Publications.
  • Tabas, A., Balaguer-Ballester, E., Pressnitzer, D., Siebert, A. and Rupp, A., 2014. Hierarchical processing of temporal asymmetry in human auditory cortex.
  • Balaguer-Ballester, E., Tabas-Diaz, A. and Budka, M., 2014. Empirical identification of non-stationary dynamics in time series of recordings. Lecture Notes In Artificial Intelligence. Elsevier, 142-151.
  • Balaguer-Ballester, E., 2013. Nonlinear Time Series Analyses in Industrial Environments and Limitations for Highly Sparse Data. Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies. Springer.
  • Balaguer-Ballester E., Bouchachia, H, Jiang, B. and Denham, SL, 2012. Neurodynamical Top-Down Processing during Auditory Attention. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, In press.
  • Denham, M., 2010. Neurocomputational models of perceptual organization. In ’Unconscious memory representations in perception: Processes and mechanisms in the brain’ in the series ‘Advances in Consciousness’, Winkler, I. and Czigler, I., Eds. John Benjamin’s, NY.
  • Balaguer-Ballester, E., Clark, N., Coath, M., Krumbholz, K. and Denham, S. L., 2010. Understanding pitch perception as a hierarchical process with feedback modulation. Auditory Physiology, Perception and Models. Springer, NY.
  • Martín-Guerrero, J., Balaguer-Ballester, E., Camps-Valls, G., Palomares, A., Serrano-López, A., Gómez-Sanchís, J. and Soria-Olivas, E., 2004. Machine learning methods for one-session ahead prediction of accesses to page categories. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer, 421-445.
  • Balaguer-Ballester, E., 2001. Prediction of surface ozone concentrations 24 hours in advance using neural networks. In ‘Advances in Neural Networks and Applications’WSES press, NY.

Conferences

  • Mavridou, I., Seiss, E., Hamedi, M., Balaguer-Ballester, E.M.I.L.I. and Nduka, C., 2018. Towards valence detection from EMG for Virtual Reality applications. In: 12th International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies (ICDVRAT 2018) 4-6 September 2018 Nottingham, UK. ICDVRAT.
  • Fatoorechi, M., Archer, J., Nduka, C., Seiss, E., Balaguer-Ballester, E., Mavridou, I., Hamedi, M. and Cleal, A., 2017. Using facial gestures to drive narrative in VR. 152.
  • Mavridou, I., McGhee, J.T., Hamedi, M., Fatoorechi, M., Cleal, A., Ballaguer-Balester, E., Seiss, E., Cox, G. and Nduka, C., 2017. FACETEQ interface demo for emotion expression in VR. 441-442.
  • Mavridou, I., McGhee, J.T., Hamedi, M., Fatoorechi, M., Cleal, A., Balaguer-Ballester, E., Seiss, E., Cox, G. and Nduka, C., 2017. FACETEQ; a novel platform for measuring emotion in VR.
  • Tabas, A., Andermann, M., Sebold, V., Balaguer-Ballester, E. and Rupp, A., 2016. Mean-field model of auditory cortex explains the differences in neuromagnetic fields evoked by dissonant and consonant dyads. In: Bernstein Computational Neuroscience Conference 20 September-23 August 2016 Berlin.
  • Tabas, A., Rupp, A. and Balaguer-Ballester, E., 2016. Strong competition between tonotopic neural ensembles explains pitch-related dynamics of auditory cortex evoked fields. In: 25th Computational Neuroscience Conference CNS2016 2-7 July 2016 Jeju, South Korea.
  • Avendaño Diaz, J., He, X., Miellet, S., Balaguer-Ballester, E. and Zeng, B., 2016. Bringing objects to life: examining the joint Simon effect with a social-related priming manipulation. In: 6th IMPRS NeuroCom Summer School 4-6 July 2016 Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany.
  • Tabas-Diaz, A., Balaguer-Ballester, E. and Rupp, A., 2015. A realistic model of pitch perception explains the N100m morphology evoked by chords. In: 24th Computational Neuroscience Conference CNS2015 17-23 July 2015 Prague.
  • Tabas, A., Balaguer-Ballester, E. and Rupp, A., 2015. Understanding cortical processing of pitch as a frequency-selective inhibitory process. In: Bernstein Computational Neuroscience Conference 2015 13-17 September 2015 Heidelberg.
  • Tabas, A., Rupp, A. and Balaguer-Ballester, E., 2015. A cortical ensemble model of pitch perception. In: Neural Coding, Computation and Dynamics Workshop 30 August 2015-2 September 2016 Bilbao, Spain.
  • Tabas-Diaz, A., Balaguer-Ballester, E. and Rupp, A., 2015. A realistic model of neural ensembles reveals a harmonic connectivity structure underlying pitch processing. In: Integrated Systems Neuroscience Workshop 23 March-24 September 2015 Machester.
  • Balaguer-Ballester, E., Tabas, A. and Budka, M., 2014. Attracting Dynamics, non-stationarity and trial-to-trial variability in frontal ensemble recordings. In: Bernstein Computational Neuroscience Conference 2014 2-5 September 2014 Tubingen.
  • Tabas, A., Balaguer-Ballester, E. and Rupp, A., 2014. Hierarchical Processing of Auditory Asymmetry. In: AREADNE. Research in Encoding and Decoding of Neural Ensembles 25-29 June 2014 Nomikos Conference Centre, Santorini, Greece.
  • Bouchachia, H. and Balaguer-Ballester, E., 2014. DELA: Dynamic Online Ensemble Learning. In: European Symposium on Artificial Neural Networks, Computational Intelligence and Machine Learning 23-25 April 2014 Burges, Belgium.
  • Balaguer-Ballester, E., Tabas-Diaz, A. and Budka, M., 2014. Empirical identification of non-stationary dynamics in time series of recordings. 142-151.
  • Bouchachia, A. and Balaguer-Ballester, E., 2014. DELA: A dynamic online ensemble learning algorithm. 491-496.
  • Bernal-Casas, P., 2012. Dynamical causal modeling reveals modulation of prefrontal-hippocampal connectivity by a genomewide significant schizophrenia variant.
  • Balaguer-Ballester, E., 2012. Nonlinear Time Series Analyses in Industrial Environments and Limitations for Highly Sparse Data.
  • Balaguer-Ballester, E., Lapish, C., Seamans, J. and Durstewitz, D., 2011. Attracting states in frontal cortex networks associated with working memory and decision making. BioMed Central Ltd, P82.
  • Balaguer-Ballester, E., Lapish, C.C., Seamans, J.K. and Durstewitz, D., 2011. Attracting states in anterior cingulate cortex populations associated with decision making: Altered dynamics when targeting dopamine system with d-Amphetamine.
  • Balaguer-Ballester, D., 2011. Attracting States in Frontal Cortex Networks Associated with Decision Making: Dopamine Modulation.
  • Balaguer-Ballester, E., Lapish, C., Seamans, J. and Durstewitz, D., 2011. Attracting states in frontal cortex networks associated with working memory and decision making. BioMed Central Ltd, P82.
  • Demanuele C, D., Balaguer-Ballester, E. and Durstewitz, D., 2011. Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Heidelberg/Mannheim: From Genes to Behavior. In: Nobel Laureates Conference Lindau 2011 26 June-1 July 2011 Lindau, Germany.
  • Balaguer-Ballester, D., 2010. Attracting Dynamics of Anterior Cingulate Cortex During Memory-Guided Decision-Making: Identification of Network Dynamics when Targeting Dopamine System.
  • Balaguer-Ballester, Lapish, Seamans, Durstewitz, E.C.J.D., 2010. Identifying Attracting Dynamics of Cortical Populations During Decision-Making Tasks. In: Bernstein Computational Neuroscience Conference 27 September-1 October 2011 Freiburg, Germany.
  • Balaguer-Ballester, E., Lapish, C.C., Seamans, J.K. and Durstewitz, D., 2009. Characterizing multiple-unit activity in the anterior cingulate cortex during choice behavior as a stochastic nonlinear process. Springer, 1-2.
  • Balaguer-Ballester, E., Lapish, C.C., Seamans, J.K. and Durstewitz, D., 2009. Characterizing multiple-unit activity in the anterior cingulate cortex during choice behavior as a stochastic nonlinear process. Springer, 1-2.
  • Hyman, J., Balaguer-Ballester, E., Seamans, D. and Durstewitz, D., 2009. A Prefrontal Cortex Network Representation of Mental Set in Rats. In: Abst. Soc. Neuroscience 1-5 October 2009 Chicago.
  • Hyman, J.K., Balaguer-Ballester, E., Semans, J. and Durstewitz, D., 2009. Does the Prefrontal Cortex perform a Behaviorally Specific Function? An Analysis of Firing Statistics across PFC-Dependent and –Independent tasks. In: Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience 1-3 October 2009 Chicago.
  • Balaguer-Ballester, B. and Denham, S.L., 2008. Modelling Medial Efferent Suppression by Focused Auditory Attention.
  • Balaguer-Ballester, S.L., 2008. Understanding Pitch Perception as a Hierarchical Generative Process.
  • Balaguer-Ballester, E., Coath, M., Denham, S.L., Clark, N.R. and Krumbholz, K., 2008. Understanding pitch perception as a top-down hierarchical process. 27.
  • Balaguer-Ballester E Coath, M. and Denham, S.L., 2007. A Hierarchical Firing-Rate Model of Temporal Integration in Pitch Perception.
  • Denham, M. and Balaguer-Ballester, E., 2007. Sparse Time-Frequency Representations in Auditory Processing.
  • Balaguer-Ballester, E., Denham, S.L. and Meddis, R., 2007. Temporal Method for Perceptual Fusion in Pitch Perception.
  • Balaguer Ballester, M. and Denham, S.L., 2007. Spike Probability Models for Perceptual fusion and Temporal Integration in Pitch Perception.
  • Balaguer-Ballester, E. and Denham, S., 2006. Unified temporal method for perceptual fusion and pitch perception. 31-32.
  • Balaguer-Ballester, E., Meddis, R. and Denham, SL, 2006. A Synchronized Autocorrelation Model accounts for Pure Temporal Pitch.
  • Martín-Guerrero, J.D., Soria-Olivas, E., Lisboa, P.J.G., Palomares, A., Balaguer-Ballester, E. and Bannister, F., 2006. User Profiling from Citizen Web Portal Accesses using the Adaptive Resonance Theory Neural Network. 334-337.
  • Gomez-Perez, G., Martín-Guerrero, J.D., Soria-Olivas, E., Balaguer-Ballester, E., Palomares, A., Casariego, N. and Paglialunga, D., 2005. An approach based on reinforcement learning and self-organizing maps to design a marketing campaign. 259-265.
  • Gomez-Perez, G., Martín-Guerrero, J.D., Soria-Olivas, E., Balaguer-Ballester, E., Palomares, A., Casariego, N. and Paglialunga, D., 2005. An approach based on reinforcement learning and self-organizing maps to design a marketing campaign. 259-265.
  • Gómez-Pérez, D., Balaguer-Ballester, E., Martin-Guerrero, J.D., Palomares-Chust, A. and Soria-Olivas, E., 2005. Aggregating states using the Self-Organizing Map in a marketing application. In: 7th European Workshop on Reinforcement Learning 20-21 October 2005 Napoli. 6-7.
  • Soriano-Asensi, A., Mart in-Guerrero, J.D., Soria-Olivas, E., Palomares, A. and Balaguer-Ballester, E., 2005. Analysing a web portal usage by using the Growing Grid algorithm. 427-433.
  • Martin-Guerrero, J.D., Lisboa, P.J.G., Soria-Olivas, E., Palomares, A., Balaguer-Ballester, E., Serrano-López, A.J. and Camps-Valls, G., 2005. Improving Infoville XXI using Machine Learning techniques. In: Workshop on Machine Learning for User Modeling 24-25 June 2005 Edinburgh, Scotland. 35-42.
  • C Fernández, M.N., Balaguer-Ballester, E. and et al., 2002. Exposure Criteria Evaluation of EMECAS Project. In: Meeting of Spanish Society of Epidemiology and Health: epidemiological perspective 12-14 September 2002 Madrid. 22-23.

Posters

PhD Students

  • Mohsen Amiribesheli (completed), 2017. Smart homes for people with dementia
  • Alejandro Tabas (completed), 2017. Mesoscopic dynamics of pitch processing in human auditory cortex
  • David Bernal Casas (completed), 2013. (external advisor) “Identifying Mental Condition and Genotype Interactions from Human Brain Connectivity Dynamics in fMRI recordings”
  • Rebecca Elisa (completed), 2017. Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and the Function of the Locus Coeruleus-Norepinephrine System
  • Ifigeneia Mavridou. Affective Interactions In Virtual Reality
  • Juan Camilo. Interpersonal processes: social facets of human cognition
  • Amir Rafati-Afshar (completed), 2016. Classification algortithms for extremely unbalanced data
  • Roman Arango. Cortical Networks
  • Lazaros Michailidis. Neurogaming - neural code of 'flow' in video games
  • Saad Mohamad (completed), 2017. Active Learning for Data Streams
  • Bassma Al-Jubourii. Local Learning for Multi-layer, Multi-component Predictive System.
  • Gizem Arabaci. Inattention, mind wandering and executive functions

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Analytics for Data Streams (level 7, 2014-now)
  • Reconstruction of neurocognitive dynamics from limited neural recordings. Bernstein Centre for Computational Neuroscience, University of Heidelberg (second term 2011-212)
  • Coordinator of the course: Mathematical pre-requisites for Researchers in Computational Neuroscience. University of Heidelberg. 2010 (1st Ed.); 2011 (2nd Ed.)
  • Applied Data Analytics/Information Technology Masters projects supervision (2014-now)

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Systems Design (level 5, 2012-now)
  • Machine Intelligence (level 6, from 2014-now)
  • Final year projects supervision BSc in Computing (2012-now)

Grants

  • Research award funding travels to the Department of Neurology, University of Heidelberg. (Santander Bank, 01 Sep 2016). Completed
  • Identification of Metastable Cortical Dynamics Underlying Cognitive Decisions (IDIBAPS Barcelona and BU, 05 Jul 2016). In Progress
  • Analytical Agent Technology for Complex and Dynamically Evolving Environments (Ecole des Mines, Douai, France -BU, 02 Jan 2014). Completed
  • How Cultural Background Influences Sound Processing in Auditory Cortex (BU-DEC-Heidelberg University, 01 Oct 2013). Completed
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and the Function of the Locus Coeruleus-Norepinephrine (BU, 01 Oct 2013). Completed
  • Adapted Home Environments for People with Dementia (BU, 15 Sep 2013). Completed
  • Policy Optimisation Strategy to Maximize Customer’s Lifetime Value using Neurodynamic Programming (Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology., 02 Jan 2004). Completed
  • Intelligent and integral management of Incidences Control Center: application to Critical Public Services (Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology, 02 Jan 2004). Completed
  • Neurodynamic programming and Reinforcement Learning for the Control of Users Navigation in Advanced Public Services Web Portals (Generalitat Valenciana (Local Authorities, Spain)., 02 Jan 2003). Completed
  • On-Line Analyses of Anonymous Users using Kernel Hierarchical Clustering (Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology., 02 Jan 2003). Completed

Qualifications

  • PhD in Physics (Cum Laude, Honours) (Physics Department, University of Valencia (Spain), 2001)
  • MSc in Neuroscience and Biology of Behaviour (University of Seville, 2004)
  • MSc in Theoretical Physics (University of Valencia, 1997)
  • HEA Fellow in HEA Fellow (2017)

Honours

  • Outstanding PhD theses award (Culture Institute “Juan Gil-Albert”, Diputación Provincial de Alicante, Spain, 2001)

Memberships

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