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Robert Gowers

Current Research:

Linking neuronal microcircuit dysfunction to disease

Supervisor: Magnus Richardson

Co-Supervisor: Yulia Timofeeva

Following the progress made on modelling stochastic synaptic drive on a dendrite, the aim of my current research is to expand this model to represent a pyramidal cell. With representative pyramidal cell model, one can build small networks of pyramidal cells and interneurons ("microcircuits"). These microcircuits can generate complex patterns of behaviour which are useful for understanding various neuropathologies, such as epilepsy.

Conferences and Workshops:

Participant in the 2017 Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Computational Neuroscience Course (OCNC 2017), where I used NEST to investigate the effect of bidirectional connections on network behaviour.

MSc Year:

Individual project:

Correlations and firing rates of pyramidal neuron dendrites

(PDF Document)Project Report

Supervisor: Magnus Richardson

Co-Supervisor: Yulia Timofeeva

Group Project:

Convex optimisation in communications systems

External partner: BT, Keith Briggs

Group convenor: Samuel Johnson

In this project, we used the cvxpy package for Python in order to solve convex optimisation problems. Some of our examples can be found on the cvxpy website here.


Supervisor for first year Maths/Stats and MORSE students. Modules covered include MA106, MA133, MA134, MA137.

Teaching assistant for MA4G4, Introduction to Theoretical Neuroscience.


I received my MEng from the University of Cambridge in July 2014, with my focus being in Electrical Engineering.

Areas of research I have previously been involved with include:

i) Flexible thin film transistors.

ii) Inkjet printing of liquid crystals.

iii) Resistive memory.


Switching kinetics of SiC resistive memory for harsh environments, Morgan, K. A., Fan, J., Huang, R., Zhong, L., Gowers, R. P., Jiang, L. and de Groot, C. H., AIP Advances, 5, 077121 (2015)

High Voltage Organic Thin Film Transistors on Flexible and Curved Surfaces, Smith, M. A., Gowers, R. P., Shih, A., Akinwande, I. A., IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, 62, 12 (2015)

SPICE Compact Modeling of Bipolar/Unipolar RRAM Switching Governed by Electrical Thresholds, Garcia-Redondo, F., Gowers, R. P., Crespo-Yepes, A., López-Vallejo, M. and Jiang, L, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I Regular Papers 1-10 (2016)

Microstructure and electrical properties of co-sputtered Cu embedded amorphous SiC, Fan, J., Jiang, L., Zhong, L., Gowers, R. P., Morgan, K. A., & De Groot, C. H., Materials Letters, 178, 60-63. (2016)

Switching mechanisms of Cu/SiC resistive memories with W and Au counter electrodes, Morgan, K. A., Fan, J., Gowers, R. P., Jiang, L. and de Groot, C. H., Device Research Conference (DRC), 2016 74th Annual


Volunteer coach at the Coventry Chess Academy.

Occasionally represents the University of Warwick in the Coventry and District Chess League and in the British Universities' Chess Association Championship.

Former president of the Cambridge University Diplomacy Society.

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Office: D2.14, Complexity Science, Zeeman Building


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