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Professor Nigel Stocks

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Professor Nigel Stocks

Director of Warwick Centre for Predictive Modelling

N dot G dot Stocks at warwick dot ac dot uk
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Nigel Stocks is an engineer and physicist, notable for discovering suprathreshold stochastic resonance (SSR) and its application to cochlear implant technology.

He attended Bingley Grammar School before received a BSc in Applied Physics and Electronics (1987) and a PhD in (1991), under Peter V. E. McClintock, at Lancaster University, UK, with a thesis entitled Experiments in Stochastic Nonlinear Dynamics.

His early research work was undertaken in the Lancaster Nonlinear Group and focused on the development of the theory of nonequilibrium dynamical systems and, in particular, on stochastic resonance. Stocks moved to the University of Warwick in 1993 where he joined the Fluid Dynamics Research Centre and undertook studies on transition to turbulence. In 1996 he was awarded a TMR EU Fellowship and worked with Riccardo Mannella at Pisa University before subsequently returning to Warwick as a University of Warwick Research Fellow. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2002, Reader in 2005, and full Professor in 2007. Stocks' research interests are in the general area of stochastic nonlinear systemsand biomimetics. In particular, his research has focused on neural coding mechanisms for cochlear implants and the development of biomimetic signal processing techniques. In 2012 he was appointed Head of the School of Engineering at the University of Warwick - one of the UK's largest integrated Schools of Engineering.

Research Interests

  • Stochastic nonlinear systems, in particular the dynamics of nonlinear systems subject to both signals and noise (Stochastic Resonance)
  • Biological sensory systems (neural coding and cell signaling), stochastic signal and image processing, cochlear implant coding strategies
  • The transition to turbulence in wakes, in particular the role of free stream turbulence level.

Teaching Interests

Selected Publications

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Projects and Grants

Title Funder Award start Award end
CoA: GCRF Global Research Translation Awards linked to IDEATE 62895 and 65754 UK Research and Innovation 31 Mar 2021 30 Sep 2021
Warwick Integrative Synthetic Biology Centre (WISB) BBSRC 14 Nov 2014 31 May 2020
Wolfson Research Merit Award for Prof. Nicholas Zabaras - University of Warwick Centre for Predictive Modeling in Science and Engineering Royal Society 01 Jul 2014 30 Jun 2019
EPSRC GCRF Institutional 2017 - Commercialisation of a hearing aid for lower income countries EPSRC 01 Jun 2017 31 Mar 2018
EPSRC Strategic Package: Centre for Predictive Modelling in Science and Engineering EPSRC 01 Jul 2014 14 Jun 2017
Novel Sensors based on biomimetic signal processing techniques: Amendment for Year 2 Office of Naval Research 01 Sep 2012 31 Aug 2013
Novel sensors based on biomimetic signal processing techniques Office of Naval Research 01 Sep 2011 31 Aug 2012
The use of enhanced neural response imaging to get better cochlear implant fitting for children and adults EPSRC 01 Sep 2009 31 Aug 2012
Information driven quantisation for image compression Ministry of Defence 01 May 2010 30 Oct 2010
ONR funding via University of Catania, Italy Office of Naval Research 01 Oct 2009 30 Sep 2010
Breaking the Noise Barrier: A Biomimetic Approach to the Design of Low SNR Sensor Office of Naval Research 01 Mar 2007 30 Sep 2009
Enhanced cochlear implant coding using stochastic beam-forming EPSRC 01 Nov 2005 30 Apr 2008
Multiplicative and Fractal Noise Coding for Cochlear Implants EPSRC 01 Dec 2004 30 Nov 2007
Cochlear Impact Coding using Multiplicative Noise: Bridging Grant for Dr Morse Defeating Deafness 01 Apr 2005 30 Jun 2005
Follow on Fund: Patient Testing of Novel Cochlear Implant Coding Strategy with Signal Dependant Noise EPSRC 01 Jun 2004 30 Nov 2004
SPAWAR 2 - Noisy Suprathreshold Dynamics SPAWAR Systems Center Group 27 Sep 2003 31 Dec 2003
SPAWAR 2 - Noisy Suprathreshold Dynamics SPAWAR Systems Center Group 27 Sep 2002 26 Sep 2003