Alexander WOODWARD : Ph.D. Research Scientist

Research scientist at the Neuroinformatics Unit, RIKEN Center for Brain Science, Japan. As part of Japan's Brain/MINDS project I developed a 3D digital brain atlas of the common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus) New World monkey. To study the structural and functional properties of its brain I am also developing a HPC large-scale tracer injection connectomics pipeline using artificial intelligence techniques. I am also investigating the use of structural and functional experimental data to construct plausible computational brain simulations.

 

Previously a JSPS Fellow at the Ikegami Lab, University of Tokyo, Japan. Received a Top Achiever Doctoral Scholarship from the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), New Zealand. PhD majoring in Computer Science at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

 

Research areas and experience

 

Neuroinformatics, brain atlasing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer vision, complex systems, artificial life, computer vision, robotics, and HPC data processing pipeline design.

 

Invited talks

The 31st IROAST Seminar´╝ŹInternational Workshop for Advancing Imaging, Image Processing and Data Visualization in the BRAIN/MINDS and MBIE Catalyst Projects. Kumamoto University, Kumamoto, Japan. July 10, 2018. Talk title: "The Brain/MINDS project: image processing techniques for 3D brain reconstruction and atlasing of the common marmoset."
 
NIRS/QST Mini International Symposium for Magnetic Resonance "quantum" Imaging (Between anatomy and function). NIRS, Japan. May 1st, 2017. Talk title: "Image Processing Techniques for the Structural Mapping of the Marmoset Brain".
 

Popular press

 
“Turing instabilities in biology, culture, and consciousness? On the enactive origins of symbolic material culture”. Coverage in The Daily Mail, UK, and ISTOE independente, Brazil.
 

Research Grants / Funding

 

2016-2018 Catalyst Fund NZ: Development of an automatic framework for integrating heterogeneous big-data from the brain. 80,000 NZD.

2010-2012 JSPS Grant-in-aid 2400000 yen

Program committee


2017 The 14th European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL 2017)
2016 The 15th International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems (ALIFE XV)
 

Reviewer

2015 ELCVIA
2012 International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR)

2011 Image and Vision Computing New Zealand (IVCNZ)

2006 Image and Vision Computing New Zealand (IVCNZ)
 

Scholarships and Fellowships

 

2010-2012 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Post-doctoral Research Fellow Award

2005-2009 Top Achiever Doctoral Scholarship, Tertiary Education Commission, New Zealand: 96000 NZD
2006 Computer Science Graduate Student Travel (CSGST) Award, University of Auckland, New Zealand: 377 NZD
2004 Faculty of Science Summer Scholarship, University of Auckland, New Zealand: 4000 NZD

2004 Faculty of Science Study Award, University of Auckland, New Zealand. 2500 NZD

 

Prizes


2003 Senior Prize in Computer Science, University of Auckland

 

Journal publications

 

A. Woodward, T. Hashikawa, M. Maeda, T. Kaneko, K. Hikishima, A. Iriki, H. Okano, Y. Yamaguchi. The Brain/MINDS 3D digital marmoset brain atlas. Scientific Data, 2018. IF 4.83 (2016)

 

A. Woodward, T. Froese, T. Ikegami: Neural coordination can be enhanced by occasional interruption of normal firing patterns: A self-optimizing spiking neural network model. Neural Networks, 2014. IF 5.287 (2016)

 

T. Froese, A. Woodward, T. Ikegami. Are altered states of consciousness detrimental, neutral or helpful for the origins of symbolic cognition? A response to Hodgson and Lewis-Williams. Adaptive Behavior, 22(1): 89-95, 2014.

T. Froese, A. Woodward, T. Ikegami. People in the Paleolithic could access the whole spectrum of consciousness: Response to Helvenston. Adaptive Behavior 2014 22: 282.

 

T. Froese, A. Woodward, T. Ikegami: Turing instabilities in biology, culture, and consciousness? On the enactive origins of symbolic material culture. Adaptive Behavior, in press, 2013

 

A. Woodward, P. Delmas, Y. H. Chan, A. G. Strozzi, G. Gimel’farb, J. M. Flores. An interactive 3D video system for human facial reconstruction and expression modeling. Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation, Vol. 23, No. 7. (October 2012), pp. 1113-1127. IF 2.164 (2016)

 

Book chapters

 

A. Gastelum, P. Delmas, J. Marquez, A. Woodward, J. James, M. Lievin, and G. Gimel'farb. 3D Lip Shape SPH Based Evolution Using Prior 2D Dynamic Lip Features Extraction and Static 3D Lip Measurements in Visual Speech Recognition: Lip Segmentation and Mapping, chapter 7, pages 213-238. IGI Global., ISBN: 978- 1-60566-186-5, 2009

 

Conferences and abstracts

 

2018

 

A pipeline for macro-scale connectomics of the common marmoset with global fiber reconstruction from diffusion MRI. CNS Meeting 2018

 

GA-based Parameter Optimization of DWI-based Global Fiber Tracking with Neuronal Tracer Signal as a Reference. Cosyne 2018.

 

2017

 

A Connectomics Pipeline for Tracer Injection Studies of the Marmoset Monkey Brain. Alexander Woodward, Carlos Enrique Gutierrez, Hiromichi Tsukada, Hiroshi Abe, Noritaka Ichinohe, Kenji Doya, Yoko Yamaguchi. Neuroinformatics 2017.

Marmoset Brain Atlas Applied to dMRI Based Connectomics. AINI 2017

Columnar and diffuse connectivity of the marmoset PFC neurons. Akiya Watakabe, Jian Wang, Masafumi Takaji, Hiroaki Mizukami, Alexander Woodward, Takashi Kawase, Henrik Skibbe, Ken Nakae, Yoko Yamaguchi, Shin Ishii, Tetsuo Yamamori. SfN 2017

 

2016

 

Neuroinformatics platform for sharing big data between servers and clients. Y. Yamaguchi, A. Woodward, Y. Morii, M. Maeda, T. Takeuchi, T. Hashikawa, H. Oka, Y. Okumura.

Mapping connectivity of marmoset prefrontal cortex by serial two-photon tomography. A. Watakabe, J. Wang, M. Takaji, H. Mizukami, A. Woodward, T. Kawase, H. Skibbe, Y. Yamaguchi, S. Ishii, T. Yamamori. Neuroscience 2016 (SfN)

High-resolution Brain Image Registration on a Distributed Computing System in the Brain/MINDS Project. Neuroinformatics 2016 Congress.

 

2015

 

A. Woodward. Integration of common marmoset 2D and 3D brain imaging data for digital atlasing in the Brain/MINDS project. NBNI 2015

A. Woodward, T. Hashikawa, M. Maeda, Y. Yamaguchi. 3D Image Registration Techniques for Multi-modal 3D Brain Atlas Construction. AINI 2015

Integrative development of multidisciplinary neuroinformatics platforms in Japan Node. 12th INCF Nodes workshop

Neuroinformatics Platform for Data Sharing and Global Collaboration in the Brain/MINDS Project. 12th INCF Nodes workshop

 

2013

 

M. Oka, T. Ikegami, A. Woodward, Y. Zhu, K. Kato. Cooperation, Congestion and Chaos in Concurrent Computation, ECAL 2013, to appear.

A. Woodward, T. Ikegami, M. Oka. Understanding Temporality and Asynchronicity in the Brain. Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence (JSAI) 2013, June 4-7.

 

2012

 

A. Woodward, T. Ikegami. A Self-sustaining Visual Feedback Machine using Chaotic Neural Dynamics. Alife 13, July 19-22, East Lansing, Michigan, USA.

A. Woodward, P. Delmas, T. Ikegami. An Optimal Parameter Analysis and GPU Acceleration of the Image Receptive Fields Neural Network Approach. IVCNZ 2012, November 26-28, New Zealand.

 

2011

 

A. Woodward, T. Ikegami, Y. Ogai. Studying Mind Time Structure with a Video Feedback Machine. In Proceedings of Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC) 2011, Japan.

M. Nguyen, P. Delmas, G. Gimel'farb, Y.H. Chan, A. G. Strozzi, A. Woodward. Online rapid prototyping of 3D objects using GPU-based 3D cloud computing: Application to 3D face modelling. In Proceedings of the 12th IAPR Conference on Machine Vision Applications (MVA 2011), June 13 - 15, Nara, Japan [in print].

M. Nguyen, R. S. Yang, A. Woodward, P. Delmas, and G. Gimel'farb. Novel Web-based Autostereogram Creation using GPU Stereo Vision. IVCNZ 2011, New Zealand.

A. Woodward and P. Delmas. An Integrated Framework for Feature Extraction, Object Recognition and Stereo Vision with GPU support. IVCNZ 2011, New Zealand.

A. Woodward and T. Ikegami. A Reservoir Computing approach to Image Classification using Coupled Echo State and Back-Propagation Neural Networks. IVCNZ 2011, New Zealand.

 

2010

A. Woodward, D. Berry, and J. Dunning. Real-Time Stereo Vision on the VisionServer Framework for Robot Guidance. IVCNZ 2010, New Zealand.

2009

A. Gastelum, P. Delmas, J. Marquez, A. Woodward, J. James, M. Lievin, and G. Gimel'farb. 3D Lip Shape SPH Based Evolution Using Prior 2D Dynamic Lip Features Extraction and Static 3D Lip Measurements in Visual Speech Recognition: Lip Segmentation and Mapping, chapter 7, pages 213-238. IGI Global., ISBN: 978- 1-60566-186-5, 2009. Amazon link

2008

A. Woodward, P. Delmas, and G. Gimel'farb. A 3D Video Scanner for Face Performance Capture. In Proceedings of Image and Vision Computing New Zealand Conference (IVCNZ), pages 195-200, New Zealand, 2008.

2007

C. Duwig, P. Delmas, K. Müller, B. Prado, K. Ren, H. Morin, A. Woodward. Quantifying fluorescent tracer distribution in allophanic soils to image solute transport. European Journal of Soil Science.

A. Woodward, P. Delmas, G. Gimel'farb, and J. Marquez. Low Cost Virtual Face Performance Capture Using Stereo Web Cameras. In Proceedings of the Pacific-Rim Symposium on Image and Video Technology Conference (PSIVT), pages 763-776, Chile, 2007.

2006

A. Woodward, D. An, G. Gimel'farb, and P. Delmas. A Comparison of Three 3-D Facial Reconstruction Approaches. In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME), pages 2057-2060, Canada, 2006.

A. Woodward, D. An, Y. Lin, P. Delmas, G. Gimel'farb, and J. Morris. An Evaluation of Three Popular Computer Vision Approaches for 3-D Face Synthesis. In Proceedings of Structural, Syntactic, and Statistical Pattern Recognition (SSPR), pages 270-278, China, 2006.

D. An, A. Woodward, P. Delmas, G. Gimelfarb, and J. Morris. Comparison of Active Structure Lighting Mono and Stereo Camera Systems: Application to 3D Face Acquisition. In Proceedings of the Seventh Mexican International Conference on Computer Science (ENC), pages 135-141, Mexico, 2006.

J. Lin, A. Woodward, D. An, J. Morris, P. Delmas, G. Gimel'farb. Rectifying Images for Stereo Vision. Image and Vision Computing New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand, November 27-29, 2006.

2005

A. Woodward, P. Delmas. Combining Computer Graphics and Image Processing for Low Cost Realistic 3D Face Generation and Animation. International IAPR Conference on Machine Vision Applications. Tsukuba, Japan, May 16-18, 2005.

D. An, A. Woodward, P. Delmas, and C.-Y. Chen. Comparison of Structured Lighting Techniques with a View for Facial Reconstruction. In Proceedings of the Image and Vision Computing New Zealand Conference (IVCNZ), pages 195-200, New Zealand, 2005.

A. Woodward and P. Delmas. Synthetic Ground Truth for Comparison of Gradient Field Integration Methods for Human Faces. In Proceedings of the Image and Vision Computing New Zealand Conference (IVCNZ), pages 155-160, New Zealand, 2005.

A. Woodward and P. Delmas. Computer vision for Low Cost 3-D Golf Ball and Club Tracking. In Proceedings of the Image and Vision Computing New Zealand Conference (IVCNZ), pages 293-298, New Zealand, 2005.

2004

P. Delmas, A. Woodward and P. Leclercq. Can Stereo Matching Algorithms Accurately Render Face Features?. International Vision Conference in New Zealand (IVCNZ), November 21-23 2004, Akaroa, New Zealand

P. Leclercq, J. Liu, M. Chan, A. Woodward, G. Gimel'farb and P. Delmas. Comparative Study of Stereo Algorithms for 3D Face Reconstruction. Advanced Concepts for Intelligent Vision Systems (ACIVS), Brussels, Belgium, August 31-September 3, 2004

P. Leclercq, J. Liu, A.Woodward and P. Delmas. Which Stereo Matching Algorithm for Accurate 3D Face Creation. The Tenth International Workshop on Combinatorial Image Analysis (IWCIA), December 1-3 2004, Auckland, New Zealand

A. Woodward and P. Delmas. Towards a Low Cost Realistic Human Face Modelling and Animation Framework. International Vision Conference in New Zealand (IVCNZ), November 21-23 2004, Akaroa, New Zealand

A. Woodward, P. Leclercq, G. Gimel'farb and P. Delmas. Generation of an Accurate Facial Ground Truth for Stereo Algorithm Evaluation. International Conference on Computer Vision and Graphics (ICCVG), September 22-24, 2004 Warsaw, Poland.