Who I Am

I am a math geek (BMath from UWaterloo) turned neuroscientist (PhD from McMaster) turned entrepreneur (CEO, QReserve Inc.) who also plays the occasional piano gig and is often found reading a hard science fiction novel.

QReserve Inc.

I am building an open-access online database of research equipment and services across university campuses and commercial R&D companies.

Researchers with equipment or services list them in QReserve for other researchers and students to find. When you find a match, simply email the equipment owner and away you go.

Our platform is also setup to give university administrations unprecidented access to information about the resources available within their own campus. Check us out at www.qreserve.com.

Software Projects

SpikeDB [Cross Platform; Github :: Website]

SpikeDB ScreenshotSpikeDB is an application to archive, manage, and analyze data from electrophysiological recordings saved with Spike. Users are able to write custom analysis scripts in Python that operate on single, or multiple, electrophysiological recordings to quickly run arbitrary analysis across large quanities of recorded data. Written with the GTK+ GUI library in C++, SpikeDB is cross platform.

dtnet [Linux; Github]

dtnet Screenshotdtnet is a an artifical neural network simulation environment written from the ground up. Networks and stimulus patterns are defined in XML files and simulation definitions are written in a custom language parsed by Boost Spirit. I wrote this software to run a large number of simulations in parallel and perform large parameter space searches. dtnet automatically generates and runs all simulations across arbitrarily defined parameter vectors. Software was used to run simulations in Aubie et al. (2009).

Sound Artist [Mac OS X; Github]

SoundArtist ScreenshotSound Artist permits auditory researchers to quickly and accurately produce publication quality figures of sound files with built in methods for plotting waveforms, spectrograms, and power functions all with a variety of adjustable setings. Uses the powerful GLE graphics engine for producing high quality EPS output files.

mySportSite [Online; Website]

mySportSite ScreenshotIn 2000 I started writing websites for local hockey teams. Over the next seven years, this exploded into mySportSite Inc., a company that provided easy to use, professional, affordable websites for hundreds of sports teams and leagues all over the world. In 2008 I decided that it was time to move on from the web business and focus on my research. The company is still going strong in able hands and continues to grow to this day.

Open Source Contributions

Graphics Layout Engine (GLE) [Website]

  • Contributed to core project (C++) and added auxiliary tools (Python).

Curriculum Vitae

Education

2012 Doctorate
Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
McMaster University

2007 Bachelor of Mathematics
Honours Combinatorics & Optimization
Philosophy Minor
Cognitive Science Option
University of Waterloo

Peer Reviewed Publications

Aubie B, Sayegh R, Fremouw T, Covey E, Faure PA (2014) Decoding stimulus duration from neural responses in the auditory midbrain. Journal of Neurophysiology (In Press) Dahoumane SA, Helka BJ, Artus M, Aubie B, Brennan JD (2014) High-throughput screening for the production of biomaterials: A new tool for the study of the interactions between materials and biological species. In Book: Handbook of Nanomaterials, Chapter 30 pp.995-1021 (Springer) Sayegh R, Aubie B, Faure PA (2014) Dichotic sound localization properties of duration-tuned neurons in the inferior colliculus of the big brown bat. Frontiers in Physiology 5:215 [Online Access] Sayegh R, Aubie B, Fazel-Pour S, Faure PA (2012) Recovery cycle times of inferior colliculus neurons in the awake bat measured with spike counts and latencies. Frontiers in Neural Circuits 6:56 [Online Access] Aubie B, Sayegh R, Faure PA (2012) Duration tuning across vertebrates. Journal of Neuroscience 32(18):6373-6390 [Online Access] Sayegh R*, Aubie B*, Faure PA (2011) Duration tuning in the auditory midbrain of echolocating and non-echolocating vertebrates. Journal of Comparative Physiology A 197:571-583 [Online Access]* Authors contributed equally Aubie B, Becker S, Faure PA (2009) Computational models of millisecond level duration tuning in neural circuits. Journal of Neuroscience, 29(29):9255-9270. [Online Access] Thagard P, Aubie B (2008) Emotional consciousness: A neural model of how cognitive appraisal and somatic perception interact to produce qualitative experience. Consciousness and Cognition, 17:811-834. [Online Access]

Research Talks

2011 Duration tuning in the auditory midbrain of echolocating and non-echolocating vertebrates.** Received the Titley Scientific Award for this talk ** North American Symposium for Bat Research, Toronto, ON
2010 Duration-tuned neurons in the echolocating bat.
Lake Ontario Auditory Neuroscience Conference, University at Buffalo
2009 Computational models of millisecond level duration tuning in neural circuits.
In House Neuroscience Conference, McMaster University

The Philosophy, Physics, Psychology & Biology of Time.
Cognition / Perception Seminar Series, McMaster University
2008 Neurons: Biology to computation and a model duration-tuned neural circuit.
Mathematical Biology Seminar Series, McMaster University

Poster Presentations (First Author Only)

Aubie B, Sayegh R, Faure PA (2010) Models of duration-tuned neurons predict a role in echolocation. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting (San Diego CA) Aubie B, Sayegh R, Faure PA (2010) Pulse-echo interval selectivity in models of duration-tuned neural circuits predict a potential role in echolocation. International Congress of Neuroethology (Salamanca, Spain) Aubie B, Sayegh R, Becker S, Faure PA (2009) Models of millisecond level temporal selectivity in neural circuits. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting (Chicago IL) Aubie B, Becker S, Faure PA (2009) Millisecond level timing in neural circuits. 6th Annual Computational and Systems Neuroscience (COSYNE) meeting (Salt Lake City UT) and Southern Ontario Neuroscience Association Conference (Hamilton ON) Aubie B, Faure PA, Becker S (2008) Modelling a duration-tuned neural circuit. 5th Annual Computational and Systems Neuroscience (COSYNE) meeting (Salt Lake City UT)

Awards

2011 Titley Scientific Award, North American Symposium for Bat Research
2009‑2011 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) CGS-D
2007‑2009 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) PGS-M
2007 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) USRA
2006 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) USRA
2003‑2007 René Descartes National Scholarship

Teaching

2011 Fall TA - Audition (Psych 3A03 McMaster)
Fall TA - Inquiry into Science (PNB 4J03 McMaster)
2009 Fall TA - Inquiry into Science (Psych 4J03 McMaster)
Winter TA - The Arts and the Mind (Psych 3H03 McMaster)
2008 Fall TA - Inquiry into Science (Psych 4J03 McMaster)
Winter TA - Music and the Mind (Psych 3AA3 McMaster)
2007 Fall TA - Audition (Psych 3A03 McMaster)