Dr Aaron Wong

Dr Aaron Wong

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Office PVC - Engineering and Built Environment

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 focus on manifold learning for the built environment.
His accomplishments include World SPL Champion, RoboCup, 2008-Soccer Robots, and Environmental Affective Robotics.

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
080199 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing not elsewhere classified 50
080299 Computation Theory and Mathematics not elsewhere classified 25
080399 Computer Software not elsewhere classified 25

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For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.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 (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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 - 3Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Elise Mansfield, Pat Michie, Frini Karayanidis, Patrick Cooper, Renate Thienel
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 - 1
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

Conference (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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 Pat Michie, Patrick Cooper, Frini Karayanidis
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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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 1
Total funding $4,500

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20161 grants / $4,500

Task-switching is not EZ: Toward development of appropriate models of cognitive flexibility $4,500

Funding body: Keats Endowment Research Fund

Funding body Keats Endowment Research Fund
Project Team Mr Patrick Cooper, Doctor Aaron Wong, Associate Professor Frini Karayanidis
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1501539
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y
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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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Dr Aaron Wong

Positions

Project Assistant
Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory Priority Research Centre for Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health (CTNMH)
Office PVC - Engineering and Built Environment
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Research Assistant
Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory Priority Research Centre for Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health (CTNMH)
School of Psychology
Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Contact Details

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

Office

Room W244 [Tuesday - Friday]
Building Behavioral Sciences W [Tues - Fri]
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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