Dr. Bard Ermentrout
Dept of Mathematics, Univ Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA
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Bard Ermentrout (b. 5 March, 1954 in Pennsylvania, US) graduated from the University of Chicago Department of Biophysics and Theoretical Biology in 1979. He was a postdoctoral researcher with John Rinzel at the National Institutes of Health from 1979-1982. Since 1982 he has been in the mathematics department at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2004 he was given a chair as the University Professor of Computational Biology.
With his Ph.D. advisor, Jack Cowan (Chicago University), Dr. Ermentrout was the first to apply symmetry breaking and bifurcation methods to large scale models of the brain where he applied these ideas to a theory of visual hallucinations. With Nancy Kopell (Boston University), he developed the field of weakly coupled oscillators applied to spatial networks of neurons ranging from central pattern generators to rhythms associated with cognition. In addition, he works in many other areas of biology including work on pattern formation, self-organization, and noise.
Bard is a Sloan Fellow, author of over 150 articles and books, and the creator of the popular simulation software XPP.