Nelson Lab - Publications

Yoon H, Shiftehfar R, Cho S, Spencer BF, Nelson ME, Agha G (2015) Victim Localization and Assessment System for Emergency Responders. J. Comput. Civ. Eng. (2015) [pdf]

Jo H, Sim SH, Tatkowski A, Spencer BF, Nelson ME (2013) Feasibility of displacement monitoring using low-cost GPS receivers. Structural Control and Health Monitoring 20 (9), 1240-1254. [pdf]

Nelson ME(2011) Electrophysiological models of neural processing. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Systems Biology and Medicine, 3: 74-92. [pdf]

Nelson ME (2011) Biological smart sensing strategies in weakly electric fish. Smart Structures and Systems 7(6) 107-117. [pdf]

Nelson ME (2008) Commentary: Electro-, loco-, and otromotor components of electric fish behaviour. J. Physiol. (Paris) 102, 159-161. [pdf]

Snyder JB, Nelson ME, Burdick JW, MacIver MA (2007) Omnidirectional Sensory and Motor Volumes in Electric Fish. PLoS Biology 5(11): 2671-2683. [online] [pdf]

Nelson ME, MacIver MA (2006) Sensory acquisition in active sensing systems. J. Comp. Physiol. A 192: 573-586. [pdf]

Ludtke N, Nelson ME (2006) Short-term synaptic plasticity can enhance weak signal detectability in non-renewal spike trains. Neural Computation, 18: 2879-2916. [pdf]

Chen L, House JH, Krahe R, Nelson ME (2005) Modeling signal and background components of electrosensory scenes. J. Comp. Physiol. A 191: 331-345. [pdf]

Nelson ME (2005) Electrophysiological Models In: Databasing the Brain: From Data to Knowledge. (S. Koslow and S. Subramaniam, eds.) Wiley, New York, pp. 285-301. [pdf]

Nelson ME (2005) Target Detection, Image Analysis and Modeling In: Electroreception (Springer Handbook of Auditory Research) (T.H. Bullock, C.D. Hopkins, A.N Popper, R.R. Fay, eds.) Springer, New York, pp. 290-317. [pdf]

Krahe, R. and Gabbiani, F. (2004) Burst firing in sensory systems. Nature Rev Neurosci 5: 13-23. [pdf]

Goense, J.B.M., Ratnam R, Nelson ME (2003) Burst firing improves the detection of weak signals in spike trains. Neurocomputing 52-54, 103-108. [pdf]

Ratnam R, Goense, J.B.M. and Nelson ME (2003) Change-point detection in neuronal spike train activity. Neurocomputing 52-54, 849-955. [pdf]

Goense, J.B.M. and Ratnam R (2003) Continuous detection of weak sensory signals in afferent spike trains: the role of anti-correlated interspike intervals in detection performance J. Comp. Physiol. A, 189: 741-759. [pdf]

Brandman, R. and Nelson ME (2002) A simple model of long-term spike train regularization. Neural Computation 14, 1575-1597. [pdf]

Coombs S, New, J.G., and Nelson ME (2002) Information-processing demands in electrosensory and mechanosensory lateral line systems. J. Physiol. (Paris) 96, 341-354. [pdf]

Nelson ME (2002) Multiscale spike train variability in electrosensory afferents. J. Physiol. (Paris) 96, 507-516. [pdf]

Nelson ME, MacIver MA, and Coombs S (2002) Modeling electrosensory and mechanosensory images during the predatory behavior of weakly electric fish. Brain Behav. Evol. 59, 199-210. [pdf]

MacIver MA and Nelson ME (2001) Towards a biorobotic electrosensory system. Autonomous Robots 11, 263-266. [pdf]

MacIver MA, Sharabash, N.M., and Nelson ME (2001) Prey-capture behavior in gymnotid electric fish: motion analysis and effects of water conductivity. J. Exp. Biol. 204, 543-557. [pdf]

Ratnam R and Nelson ME (2000) Non-renewal statistics of electrosensory afferent spike trains: Implications for the detection of weak sensory signals. J. Neurosci. 20(17): 6672-6683. [pdf]

MacIver MA and Nelson ME (2000) Body modeling and model-based tracking for neuroethology. J. Neurosci. Meth. 95, 133-143. [pdf]

Delcomyn, F. and Nelson ME (2000) Architectures for a biomimetic hexapod robot. Robotics and Autonomous Systems 30, 5-15. [pdf]

Nelson ME and MacIver MA (1999) Prey capture in the weakly electric fish Apteronotus albifrons: sensory acquisition strategies and electrosensory consequences. J. Exp. Biol. 202, 1195-1203. [pdf]

Lewis MA and Nelson ME (1998) Look Before You Leap: Peering Behavior for Depth Perception. In: From Animals to Animats 5. Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Simulation of Adaptive Behavior , R. Pfeifer, B. Blumberg, J-A Meyer, S. W. Wilson (eds), MIT Press, pp. 98-103.

Nelson ME, Xu Z, Payne JR (1997) Characterization and modeling of P-type electrosensory afferent responses to amplitude modulations in a wave-type electric fish. J. Comp. Physiol. A 181, 532-544. [pdf]

Xu Z, Payne JR, Nelson ME (1996) Logarithmic time course of sensory adaptation in electrosensory afferent nerve fibers in a weakly electric fish. J. Neurophysiol. 76, 2020-2032. [pdf]

Delcomyn F, Nelson ME and Cocatre-Zilgien JH (1996) Sense organs of insect legs and the selection of sensors for agile walking robots. Int. J. Robotics Research 15, 113-127.

Nelson ME and Paulin, M.G. (1995) Neural simulations of adaptive reafference suppression in the elasmobranch electrosensory system. J. Comp. Physiol. A 177, 723-736.

Nelson ME and Rinzel J (1994) The Hodgkin-Huxley Model. In: The Book of GENESIS: Exploring Realistic Neural Models with the GEneral NEural SImulation System, J Bower and D Beeman, eds, Springer-Verlag, New York pp. 29-49.

Nelson ME (1994) A mechanism for neuronal gain control by descending pathways. Neural Computation 6, 242-254.

Nelson ME (1993) Progress and potential for modeling the ELL. J. Comp. Physiol. A 173, 686-687.

Nelson ME, Payne, J.R., Xu, Z. (1993) Modelling and simulation of primary electrosensory afferent response dynamics in the weakly electric fish Apteronotus leptorhynchus. J. Comp. Physiol. A 173, 161 (abstract).

Nelson ME and Bower JM (1991) Dynamics of Neural Excitability. In: 1990 Lectures in Complex Systems, SFI Studies in the Sciences of Complexity, Lect. Vol. III, D. Stein and L. Nadel, eds., pp. 325-341, Addison-Wesley.

Nelson ME and Bower JM (1990) Brain Maps and Parallel Computers. Trends Neurosci. 13, 10, 403-408.

Paulin, M. G., Nelson ME and Bower JM (1989) Dynamics of Compensatory Eye Movement Control: An Optimal Estimation Analysis of the Vestibulo-Ocular Reflex. Int. J. Neural Systems 1, 23-29.

Nelson ME, Furmanski W and Bower JM (1989) Simulating Neurons and Networks on Parallel Computers. In: Methods in Neural Modeling: From Synapses to Networks, C. Koch and I. Segev, eds., pp. 397-437, MIT Press, Cambridge.


MacIver MA (2001) The computational neuroethology of weakly electric fish: Body modeling, motion analysis, and sensory signal estimation. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. UMI, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. [pdf]

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