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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 retina we have focused on biophysically detailed neuron models.
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

     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.

    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
    SIAM J. Appl. Dyn. Systems 8 (2009) 977