Bernard Evans

Bernard Evans

School of Biomedicine

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Bernard Evans, Engineer/Linguist/Neuroscientist Adelaide, Australia Higher Education
Current:Department of Physiology, University of Adelaide. PhD Student (2018).

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 and Computing Neurosciences Software Engineering

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.


I regularly teach in Computer Science (casual position) and have lectured in the following subjects:

  • 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 Elucidation of the cellular mechanisms underlying small target motion detecting neurons (STMDs) in the dragonfly Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Katie Marie Skeen
    2021 Co-Supervisor Widefield Motion Adaptation Properties of Dragonfly Lobula Tangential Cells Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Andrew McCauley
    2020 Co-Supervisor The Effect of Natural, Extrinsic Factors on Electrophysiological Properties of Target-Detecting Neurons in the Dragonfly Master of Philosophy (Medical Science) Master Full Time Mr Mahdi Hussaini
    2019 Co-Supervisor Neurobiotics Inspired UAV Mountable Tracking Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Hamish Christopher Pratt

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