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Hermann Riecke

Professor of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics


2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

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Hermann Riecke Research


Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics


Ph.D. Physics summa cum laude, University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany

Diploma Physics magna cum laude, University of München, München, Germany

Research Interests

Our research interests are mostly in the area of computational neuroscience. One focus are plasticity mechanisms and how they restructure neuronal networks. We are particularly fascinated by the role of feedback from higher brain areas in the restructuring of networks and the information processing performed by the networks resulting from it, as it is observed in the olfactory system. To gain insight into these phenomena we investigate predominantly networks of simplified neuron models. Another focus is the coherent dynamics of networks of simple and more complex neurons, which underlie the rhythmic activity observed in many brain areas. In work on the visual system we have focused on biophysically detailed neuron models for neurons in the retina and on the development of visual cortex V1.
A second area of interest has been the study of spatially extended dynamical systems with focus on pattern formation. Specific topics investigated have been bifurcation theory with symmetry, spatially localized patterns, complex patterns, and spatio-temporal chaos.

Selected Publications

    J.H. Meng, H. Riecke, Synchronization by uncorrelated noise: interacting rhythms in networks of oscillator networks, Scientific Reports, 8 (2018) 6949.

    A.J. Karamchandani, J.N. Graham, H. Riecke, Pulse-coupled mixed-mode oscillators: Cluster states and extreme noise sensitivity, Chaos 28 (2018) 043115.

    Z.G. Nicolaou, H. Riecke, A.E. Motter, Chimera States in Continuous Media: Existence and Distinctness, Phys. Rev. Lett. 119 (2017) 244101.

    K.A. Sailor, M.T. Valley, M.T. Wiechert, H. Riecke, G.J. Sun, W. Adamas, J.C. Dennis, S. Sharafi, G.-L. Ming, H. Song, P.-M. Lledo,  Persistent Structural Plasticity Optimizes Sensory Information Processing in the Olfactory Bulb, Neuron, 91 (2016) 384.

    H. Choi, L. Zhang, M.S. Cembrowski, C.F. Sabottke, A.L. Markowitz, D.A. Butts, W.L. Kath, J.H. Singer, H. Riecke, Intrinsic bursting of AII amacrine cells underlies oscillations in the rd1 mouse retina, J. Neurophysiol. 112 (2014) 1491--1504.

    K. Gowda, H. Riecke, M. Silber, Transitions between Patterned States in Vegetation Models for Semi-arid Ecosystems, Phys. Rev. E 89 (2014) 022701.

    J.-B. Ke, Y. V. Wang, B.G. Borghuis, M.S. Cembrowski, H. Riecke, W.L. Kath, J.B. Demb, J.H. Singer, Adaptation to background light enables contrast coding at rod bipolar cell synapses, Neuron 81 (2014) 388--401

    H. Riecke, Olfactory Computation and Adult Neurogenesis, Encycl. of Comp. Neuroscience, Springer-Verlag Berlin, Heidelberg  (2013).

    M.S. Cembrowski, S.M. Logan, M. Tian, L. Jia, W. Li, W.L. Kath, H. Riecke, J.H. Singer, A Single, Distal Dendritic Location Underlies Action Potential-like Spiking in an Axonless Retinal Interneuron, Cell Reports 1 (2012) 155.

    S.F. Chow, S.D. Wick, H. Riecke, Neurogenesis Drives Stimulus Decorrelation in a Model of the Olfactory Bulb, PLoS Comp. Biology 8 (2012) e1002398.

    T. Jarsky, M. Cembrowski, S.M. Logan, W.L. Kath, H. Riecke, J.B. Dem b, J.H. Singer, A Synaptic Mechanism for Retinal Adaptation to Luminance and Contrast J. Neurosci. 31 (2011) 11003.

    C.B. Picallo and H. Riecke, Adaptive Oscillator Networks with Conserved Overall Coupling: Sequential Firing and Near-Synchronized States, Phys. Rev. E 83 (2011) 036206.

    M.T. Wiechert, B. Judkewitz, H. Riecke, R.W. Friedrich, Mechanisms of Pattern Decorrelation by Recurrent Neuronal Circuits,  Nature Neurosci. 13 (2010) 1003-1010.

    S. D. Wick, M. T. Wiechert, R. W. Friedrich, H. Riecke, Pattern Orthogonalization via Channel Decorrelation by Adaptive Networks, J. Comput. Neurosci. 28 (2010) 29–45.

    J.M. Conway and H. Riecke, Superlattice Patterns in the Complex Ginzburg-Landau Equations with Multi-Resonant Forcing, SIAM J. Appl. Dyn. Systems 8 (2009) 977