Dr Tim C. Pearce

Reader in Bioengineering

Dr Tim Pearce

Location: Room 704, Engineering Tower
Tel: +44 (0)116 223 1290
Fax: +44 (0)116 252 2619
Email: t.c.pearce@le.ac.uk

Personal details

  • BEng.(hons), PhD, FInstP, SFHEA

Selected Publications

A Low-cost Olfactory Display for Virtual Reality Applications, Pearce, T.C., Lok, B.M.C. & Bhangaonkar A, Virtual Reality, in press.

Chemosensation, Living Machines: A Handbook of Research in Biomimetics and Biohybrid Systems, Prescott, T.J, Lepora., N, Verschure P.F,M.J, Oxford University Press, 2018.

Biosynthetic infochemical communication, S.B. Olsson, R.A.J. Challiss, M. Cole, J.G.E. Gardeniers, J.W. Gardner, A. Guerrero, B.S. Hansson & T.C. Pearce, Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, 2015.

A biomimetic approach to machine olfaction, featuring a very large-scale chemical sensor array and embedded neuro-bio-inspired computation. Marco, S., Gutiérrez, A., Lansner, A., Martinez, D., Rospars, J., Beccherelli, R., Perera, A., Pearce, T. C., Verschure, P. & Persaud, K., Microsystem Technologies, 20(4-5), 729-742 (2014) doi: 10.1007/s00542-013-2020-8

Temporal Features of Spike Trains in the Moth Antennal Lobe Revealed by a Comparative Time-frequency Analysis, Capurro, A., Pearce, T. C., Hansson, B. S. and Olsson, S. PLoS One. 9 (1), e84037 (2014) doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0084037

Rapid processing of chemosensor transients in a neuromorphic implementation of the insect macroglomerular complex, Pearce T. C., Karout S, Rácz Z, Capurro A, Gardner JW and Cole M, Front. Neurosci. 7:119 (2013). doi: 10.3389/fnins.2013.00119 (invited for special issue)

Robust ratiometric infochemical communication in a neuromorphic "synthetic moth". Pearce T. C., Karout S, Capurro A, Rácz Z, Cole M, Gardner JW. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 8064 LNAI:204-215 (2013) doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-39802-5-18

Design and Implementation of a Modular Biomimetic Infochemical Communication System, Rácz, Z., Cole, M., Gardner, J. W., Chowdhury, M. F., Bula, W. P., Gardeniers, J. G. E., Karout, S., Capurro, A. and Pearce, T. C., International Journal of Circuit Theory and Applications, (2012) doi:10.1002/cta.1829 (invited by editor)

Non-linear Blend Coding in the Moth Antennal Lobe Emerges from Random Glomerular Networks, Capurro, A., Baroni, F., Olsson, S. B., Kuebler, L., Karout, S., Hansson, B. S. and Pearce, T. C., Special Issue on Neuromorphic Olfactory Sensing: Frontiers in Neuroengineering 5, 6 (2012) doi:10.3389/fneng.2012.00006. (invited for special issue)

Stimulus and Network Dynamics Collide in a Ratiometric Model of the Antennal Lobe Macroglomerular Complex, Chong, K. Y., Capurro, A., Karout, S. and Pearce, T. C. PLoS One 7(1): e29602 (2012) doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0029602.

Challenges of Biomimetic Infochemical Communication, Rácz, Z., Olsson, S., Gardner, J., Pearce, T. C., Hansson, B. and Cole, M., Procedia Computer Science, 7, 106-109 (2011). doi:10.1016/j.procs.2011.12.032. (invited for special issue)

Biologically Inspired Computation for Chemical Sensing, Fonollosa, J., Gutierrez-Galvez, A., Lansner, A., Martinez, D., Rospars, J. P., Beccherelli, R., Perera, A., Pearce, T. C., Verschure, P., Persaud, K. and Marco, S., Procedia Computer Science, 7, 226–227 (2011). doi:10.1016/j.procs.2011.09.066. (invited for special issue)

Biomimetic Insect Infochemical Communication System, Cole, M.., Gardner, J. W., Racz, Z., Pathak, S., Guerrero, A., Munoz, L., Carot, G., Pearce, T. C., Challiss, J., Markovic, D., Hansson, B. S., Olsson, S., Kuebler, L.; Gardeniers, J. G. E., Dimov, N. and Bula, W., IEEE Sensors Journal, 1-3, 1358-1361 (2009) doi: 0.1109/ICSENS.2009.5398416.

Towards a Biosynthetic Infochemical Communication System, Cole, M., Gardner, J. W., Pathak, S., Pearce, T. C. and Racz, Z., Procedia Chemistry, 1(1), 305-308 (2009) doi: 10.1016/j.proche.2009.07.076 (invited for special issue)

Spatio-temporal Information in an Artificial Olfactory Mucosa, Sanchez-Montanes, M. A., Gardner, J. W. and Pearce, T. C., Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 464(2092): 1057-1077 (2008).


My research is focused on neuromorphic engineering, which is an emerging field at the intersection of neuroscience and technology, seeking to understand the brain for the development of new technologies. This approach to brain science and technology has two main agendas. Firstly, to understand the brain by building models and physical implementations that can be tested in realistic environments, and secondly to build models of the brain to create new transformative technologies. It is intimately involved with both the life and physical sciences and operates largely through collaboration with biologists to sufficiently constrain the models and real-time technologies that are built.

I have published over 100 published articles related to machine olfaction across many areas of science and technology (analytical chemistry, neuroscience, electronic engineering and mathematical modelling) including two journal special issues and the Handbook of Machine Olfaction that has become a standard book in the field.

I am Assistant Editor of Frontiers in Neuromorphic Engineering, the leading journal in the field of neuromorphic engineering, Review Editor for Connection Science and previously Editor for Journal of Neural Engineering, the leading journal in the field of neural engineering.

I am elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Junior Member of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge.

I have been involved in various EU activities related to neuroengineering and computational neuroscience such as Advanced European Summer School in Computational Neuroscience and the European School of Neuroengineering and consulted as a field expert to define the scope of the Proactive initiatives 'Neuroinformatics for Artefacts that Live and Grow' and 'Life-like Perception Systems' within Framework V and VI.

I have been involved in four Future and Emerging Technology (FET) projects since Framework V, including Neuro-IT that was focal to setting the agenda in BIO-ICT area for FET in the current EU Framework and was Project Co-ordinator for AMOTH, the first FET project to translate understanding of insect olfactory processing to real-world chemical sensing technologies.

You can find out more on my Google Scholar page.

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