Toby Lightheart

Dr Toby Lightheart

Research Data Outreach Officer

University Library

Division of Academic and Student Engagement


Toby has completed his PhD in the development of algorithms for constructing artificial neural networks that are compatible with simulations of plasticity in biological neural networks. He is currently working part-time as a Research Data Outreach Officer and extending his research to machine learning and perception tasks.

I study and develop theory and algorithms for constructive neural networks: algorithms for creating neurons and connections during the training and operation of artificial neural networks. These algorithms have applications in machine learning and computational neuroscience.

Specific developments include:

  • Theory for designing constructive algorithms that are compatible with computer-simulations of biological neural networks.
  • Algorithms for spike-timing-dependent construction: neurons are created and synapse weights are calculated from spike-times of simulated neurons.
  • Constructive algorithms that perform continual one-shot learning through estimation of spike-timing-dependent plasticity learning outcomes.

Lab demonstrations and tutor for courses in mechanical, mechatronics and sports engineering:

  • 2011-2018: Micro-controller Programming (Lab Demonstrator)
  • 2012-2014: Electronics 2M (Lab Demonstrator)
  • 2012-2013: Sports Engineering 1 (Lab Demonstrator)
  • 2012-2017: Automatic Control 1 (Lab Demonstrator)
  • 2016: Automatic Control 2 (Tutorial Demonstrator)
  • Position: Research Data Outreach Officer
  • Phone: 83131619
  • Email: toby.lightheart@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4367
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Rundle Mall Plaza, floor 2
  • Room: WS2 80
  • Org Unit: Information Technology and Digital Services

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