Bernard Evans

Bernard Evans


School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Bernard Evans, Engineer/Neuroscientist Adelaide, Australia Higher Education

2023 - Present University of Adelaide, Lecturer (School of Computer Science)
2019 - 2023 University of Adelaide, Post-doctoral Researcher
2015 - 2018 University of Adelaide, Doctorate of Philosophy
2011 - 2014 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Health Sciences
2001 - 2004 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Systems).

Research Interests:
Educational Technology, Computation Neuroscience, Behavioural Ecology, Computer Vision, Explainability in Neural Networks

Software Engineer at:
QinetiQ, BAE Systems, RLM Management

I am a post-doctoral researcher in Dr Steven Wiederman's Visual Physiology and Neurobotics Laboratory. My main areas of research focus are:

1) Electrophysiological Recording and Computational Modelling of Dragonfly (Hemicordulia) visual neurons.

As an adept electrophysiologist, I have investigated (and continue to investigate) visual neurons found the in the third optic neuropil of the dragonfly brain. Of these neurons I have two main focuses, firstly widefield neurons which respond to coherent motion across the dragonfly's eye and secondly target neurons which respond to small objects (1-3 degrees) moving within the dragonfly's field of view. My particular interest is in how these neurons encode information in complex scenes including background clutter and motion.

2) Deep Learning Networks

I investigate the application of deep learning networks combined with algorithms inspired from research in insect brains to produce systems which are able to successfully track small objects using very little computational power.

3) Computational Modelling

I develop computational models based on insect physiology and deploy these algorithms to hardware platforms (FPGA) for surveillance applications.


2021 Research Infrastructure Funding Awards, $44,953

Infrastructure for laboratory upgrade

2020 Research Committee Funding Scheme, $1000

Research Services Support Fees

3MT Travel Grants, $3000 Travel Grant

I am a full time lecturer in Computer Science and have lectured in the following subjects:

  • Mining Big Data (Masters)
  • Artificial Intelligence (Level 3)
  • Advanced Topics in Computer Science (Level 3)
  • Operating Systems (Level 3)
  • Algorithm and Data Structure Analysis (Level 2)
  • Problem Solving and Software Development (Level 2)
  • Systems Programming (Level 2)
  • Topics in Computer Science (Level 2)
  • Algorithm Design and Data Structures (Level 1)
  • Introduction to Software Engineering (Level 1)

I have also been a guest lecturer for:

  • Cellular and Systems Neurobiology (Level 3)
  • The Neuroscience of Human Behaviour (Level 2)
  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2022 Co-Supervisor The Effect of Temperature on the Electrophysiological Properties of Dragonfly Small Target Motion Detecting Neurons Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mahdi Hussaini
    2022 Co-Supervisor Elucidation of the cellular mechanisms underlying small target motion detecting neurons (STMDs) in the dragonfly Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Katie Marie Skeen
    2021 Co-Supervisor Widefield Motion Adaptation Properties of Dragonfly Lobula Tangential Cells Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Andrew McCauley
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 - 2023 Co-Supervisor Lightweight and Motion Guided Neural Network Algorithms for Onboard Drone Detection and Flight Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Hamish Christopher Pratt
  • Position: Lecturer
  • Phone: 83139192
  • Email:
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Ingkarni Wardli, floor Level Five
  • Room: 5.44
  • Org Unit: Medical Sciences

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