Biography

In 2002 I obtained a PhD in Theoretical Physics at the National University of Córdoba (Argentina) where I did research focused on the dynamics of a class of complex magnetic systems called spin glasses. The particular mathematical analogies that these systems share with Neural Networks got me started in topics of information storage and processing in complex systems. Then I moved to Italy with a fellowship from UNESCO to work at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste. In 2004 I came to the University of Manchester with a fellowship from the Human Frontier Science Program. After a fellowship from the MRC between 2006 and 2010 I became a Lecturer here in Manchester. 

Research interests

Currently I work on two main areas of research:
 
1) Information processing and dynamics in neural systems
 
Keywords: neural networks, synchronization, dynamical systems, neural Code, Information theory,  Local Field Potential, EEG, 
 
some references:
 
Lea-Carnall CA, Montemurro MA, Trujillo-Barreto NJ, Parkes LM, El-Deredy W. (2016). Cortical resonance frequencies emerge from network size and connectivity. PLOS Computational Biology (in press)
 
Samengo I, Mato G, Elijah DH, Schreiber S, Montemurro MA. (2013). Linking dynamical and functional properties of intrinsically bursting neurons. Journal of Computational Neuroscience.
 
Kayser C, Montemurro MA, Logothetis NK, and Panzeri S. (2009). Spike-Phase Coding Boosts and Stabilizes Information Carried by Spatial and Temporal Spike Patterns. Neuron, 61(4), 597-608.
 
Montemurro MA, Rasch MJ, Murayama Y, Logothetis NK, Panzeri S. (2008). Phase-of-firing coding of natural visual stimuli in primary visual cortex. Current biology : CB, 18(5), 375-80.
 
2) Complex systems and Statistical Physics
 
Keywords: complexity, entropy, fractal correlations,  semantic information; scaling laws in language.
 
some references and links:
 
Ortega Zamorano, F; Montemurro, MA; Cannas, SA; Jerez, J and Franco, L. (2016). FPGA Hardware Acceleration of Monte Carlo Simulations for the Ising Model. IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (in press)
 
Montemurro MA and Zanette DH. (2013). Keywords and co-occurrence patterns in the Voynich manuscript: an information-theoretic analysis. PLOS ONE, 8(6) e66344 ;   (see also http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22975809 )
 
Montemurro MA and Zanette DH. (2011). Universal entropy of word ordering across linguistic families. PLOS ONE, 6(5) (see also http://www.wired.com/2011/05/universal-entropy/)
 
Montemurro MA and Zanette DH. (2010). Towards the quantification of the semantic information encoded in written language. Advances in Complex Systems, 13(2), 135-153
 
Marco DE, Cannas SA, Montemurro MA, Hu B, Cheng SY. (2009). Comparable ecological dynamics underlie early cancer invasion and species dispersal, involving self-organizing processes. Journal of theoretical biology, 256(1), 65-75. (http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/content/100/2/88.full.pdf)
 
Cannas SA, Marco D and  Montemurro MA. (2006). Long-Range Dispersal and Spatial Pattern Formation in Biological Invasions. Mathematical Biosciences, 203(2), 155-170

Teaching

I am currently teaching Physical Optics for Optometry students, and basic neural network modelling for Neuroscience students. Previously, I taught methods of neural modelling and information theory for MSc students in Computational Neuroscience. Further back into the past I taught thermodynamics and maths at different levels for Physics students. 

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