Dr Aaron Wong

Dr Aaron Wong

Research Assistant

School of Psychology (Computer Science and Software Engineering)

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Aaron S.W. Wong research and interests lay in the interdisciplinary fields of computer science, robotics, cognitive neuroscience, psychology, biofeedback and built environment; Anthropocentric bio-cybernetic computing, mainly implementing sensory perception and affect for humanoid robots using learning, with a focus on manifold learning for the built environment.
His accomplishments include World SPL Champion, RoboCup, 2008-Soccer Robots, and Environmental Affective Robotics.

Currently employed as a technical research assistant in the Priority Research Center for Stroke and Brain Injury (PRC-SBI). Working on a combination of core projects relating to the PRC-SBI Psychological Processes Hub, which include software development of processing pipelines for Magnetic Resonance Imaging processing (MRI) mainly on Diffusion Weighted Imaging (DWI), and Electroencephalogram (EEG) which includes development and maintenance of software processing pipelines for evoked response potentials, time-frequency analysis and network connectivity. In addition to conducting research into applications of Multivariate Joint Modelling, using Hierarchical Bayesian Models for the AGE-ility Project.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Eng)(Honours), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Computer Science, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Artifical Intelligence
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Neuroinformatics
  • Robotics

Languages

  • English (Fluent)
  • Cantonese (Working)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
170203 Knowledge Representation and Machine Learning 50
080199 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing not elsewhere classified 25
170205 Neurocognitive Patterns and Neural Networks 25

Professional Experience

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/03/2016 -  Technical Research Assistant - Software/Hardware Development and Maintainance

Software Development and Maintainance:

- EEG Processing Pipelines: Evoked response potentials, time-frequency analysis, and network connectivity.
- MRI Processing Pipelines: Diffusion Weighted Imaging, and tractography.
- High-Performance Computing Applications
- Brain-Behaviour Joint Modelling
- Brain-Computer Interfaces
- Eyetracking

Hardware Maintainance:
- EEG Hardware 

Priority Research Centre for Stroke and Brain Injury
Australia

Awards

Award

Year Award
2014 Global Leader of Innovation 2014, UON
The University of Newcastle
2011 RoboCup Australian Open Champion 2011 - NUbots
RoboCup Federation
2008 RoboCup International World Champion SPL 2008 - NUmanoids
RoboCup Federation

Research Award

Year Award
2011 Best Student Paper: 46th Annual Conference of the Archtectural Science Association
Australian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA)

Invitations

Keynote Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2015 Medical Software Industry Association

Talk Presented:

Social Robotics: Implications to Healthcare

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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Karayanidis F, Keuken MC, Wong A, Rennie JL, de Hollander G, Cooper PS, et al., 'The Age-ility Project (Phase 1): Structural and functional imaging and electrophysiological data repository', NeuroImage, 124 1137-1142 (2016)

© 2015 Published by Elsevier Inc.Our understanding of the complex interplay between structural and functional organisation of brain networks is being advanced by the development ... [more]

© 2015 Published by Elsevier Inc.Our understanding of the complex interplay between structural and functional organisation of brain networks is being advanced by the development of novel multi-modal analyses approaches. The Age-ility Project (Phase 1) data repository offers open access to structural MRI, diffusion MRI, and resting-state fMRI scans, as well as resting-state EEG recorded from the same community participants (n = 131, 15-35 y, 66 male). Raw imaging and electrophysiological data as well as essential demographics are made available via the NITRC website. All data have been reviewed for artifacts using a rigorous quality control protocol and detailed case notes are provided.

DOI 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.04.047
Co-authors Pat Michie, Frini Karayanidis, Patrick Cooper, Mark Parsons
2015 Cooper PS, Wong ASW, Fulham WR, Thienel R, Mansfield E, Michie PT, Karayanidis F, 'Theta frontoparietal connectivity associated with proactive and reactive cognitive control processes', NeuroImage, 108 354-363 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 Elsevier Inc.Cognitive control involves both proactive and reactive processes. Paradigms that rely on reactive control have shown that frontoparietal oscillatory synchroni... [more]

© 2015 Elsevier Inc.Cognitive control involves both proactive and reactive processes. Paradigms that rely on reactive control have shown that frontoparietal oscillatory synchronization in the theta frequency band is associated with interference control. This study examines whether proactive control is also associated with connectivity in the same frontoparietal theta network or involves a distinct neural signature. A task-switching paradigm was used to differentiate between proactive and reactive control processes, involved in preparing to switch or repeat a task and resolving post-target interference, respectively. We confirm that reactive control is associated with frontoparietal theta connectivity. Importantly, we show that proactive control is also associated with theta band oscillatory synchronization but in a different frontoparietal network. These findings support the existence of distinct proactive and reactive cognitive control processes that activate different theta frontoparietal oscillatory networks.

DOI 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.12.028
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Renate Thienel, Pat Michie, Elise Mansfield, Patrick Cooper, Frini Karayanidis
2014 Boecking B, Chalup SK, Seese D, Wong ASW, 'Support vector clustering of time series data with alignment kernels', Pattern Recognition Letters, 45 129-135 (2014) [C1]

Time series clustering is an important data mining topic and a challenging task due to the sequences' potentially very complex structures. In the present study we experimentally i... [more]

Time series clustering is an important data mining topic and a challenging task due to the sequences' potentially very complex structures. In the present study we experimentally investigate the combination of support vector clustering with a triangular alignment kernel by evaluating it on an artificial time series benchmark dataset. The experiments lead to meaningful segmentations of the data, thereby providing an example that clustering time series with specific kernels is possible without pre-processing of the data. We compare our approach and the results and learn that the clustering quality is competitive when compared to other approaches. © 2014 Published by Elsevier B.V.

DOI 10.1016/j.patrec.2014.03.015
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Stephan Chalup
2012 Wong AS, Chalup SK, Bhatia S, Jalalian A, Kulk JA, Nicklin SP, Ostwald M, 'Visual gaze analysis of robotic pedestrians moving in urban space', Architectural Science Review, 55 213-223 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Michael Ostwald, Stephan Chalup
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Conference (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Harms L, Zavitsanou K, Meehan C, Wong A, Fullham R, Todd J, et al., 'Examination of mismatch negativity, oscillatory activity and related neurochemistry in a developmental rat model of Schizophrenia', JOURNAL OF NEUROCHEMISTRY (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Juanita Todd, Ulrich Schall, Lauren Harms, Deborah Hodgson, Pat Michie
2015 Karayanidis F, Cooper PS, Wong AS, Hunter M, Rennie J, Fulham WR, Michie PT, 'MIDFRONTAL THETA TO GOAL UNCERTAINTY: VARIABILITY RELATED TO INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES IN ANXIETY AND COGNITIVE CONTROL EFFICIENCY', PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Frini Karayanidis, Patrick Cooper, Pat Michie
2013 Wong ASW, Nicklin S, Hong K, Chalup SK, Walla P, 'Robot emotions generated and modulated by visual features of the environment', IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence for Creativity and Affective Computing (CICAC) (2013) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/CICAC.2013.6595215
Co-authors Peter Walla, Stephan Chalup
2011 Wong AS, Chalup SK, Bhatia S, Jalalian A, Kulk JA, Ostwald M, 'Humanoid robots for modelling and analysing visual gaze dynamics of pedestrians moving in urban space', Conference Proceedings 45th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association (2011) [E1]
Co-authors Michael Ostwald, Stephan Chalup
2008 Wong AS, Chalup SK, 'Towards visualisation of sound-scapes through dimensionality reduction', IEEE International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, 2008 Proceedings (2008) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/ijcnn.2008.4634197
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Stephan Chalup
2008 Henderson N, Nicklin SP, Wong AS, Kulk JA, Chalup SK, King R, et al., 'The 2008 NUManoids Team Report', RoboCup. Participating Teams 2008. Downloads (2008) [E2]
Co-authors Richard Middleton, Stephan Chalup
2008 Wong AS, Chalup SK, 'Sound-scapes for robot localisation through dimensionality reduction', Proceedings of the 2008 Australasian Conference on Robotics & Automation (2008) [E1]
Co-authors Stephan Chalup
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current1

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.15

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 PhD Development of a Brain Controlled Walking Assistant
PhD (Computer Science), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
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Research Collaborations

The map is a representation of a researchers co-authorship with collaborators across the globe. The map displays the number of publications against a country, where there is at least one co-author based in that country. Data is sourced from the University of Newcastle research publication management system (NURO) and may not fully represent the authors complete body of work.

Country Count of Publications
Australia 9
Canada 1
Germany 1
Netherlands 1
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Dr Aaron Wong

Position

Research Assistant
Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory Priority Research Centre for Stroke and Brain Injury
School of Psychology
Faculty of Science

Focus area

Computer Science and Software Engineering

Contact Details

Email aaron.wong@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 49854324
Link Twitter

Office

Room W259 [Tuesday - Friday]
Building Behavioural Sciences Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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