Dr. Vahid Bokharaie

Address: Max-Planck-Ring 8
72076 Tübingen
Room number: 227
Phone: +49 7071 601 1644
Fax: +49 7071 601 652
E-Mail: vahid.bokharaie


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Vahid Bokharaie

Position: Research Scientist  Unit: Logothetis

I am a mathematician, a consequence of a chain of fortunate and unfortunate events. I started working in the field of neuroscientist in Max Plank Institute for Biological Cybernetics in September 2016, which was a consequence of a chain of fortunate events. My decision to focus my research work on Neuroscience was motivated by a general and admittedly naive interest in the field. Prior to working in MPI, I have collaborated only with mathematicians and engineers, so it took me a while to get used to the different culture and mindset of neurosceintists. But in hindsight, I consider my decisions to work on systems neuroscience to be one of the best choices I have made in my professional life. 
I have a habit of working on many different projects at the same time which leads to the perpetual feeling of being overwhelmed and behind schedule. And it is not hard to guess that working in an institute such as MPI and in a field such as neuroscience, there is always temptations to start a new collaboration, some are impossible to resist. All that said, I can categorise the components of my scientific preoccupations into these areas:

  • Data Science: I have been and am involved in a few projects for which my contributions can be categorised under the general and vague term of data science. Projects under this category have been mainly collaborations with colleague in MPI Bio-Kyb. I started these collboraions mainly to learn about different aspects of brain function and also familirise myself with the world of  neuroscience. The most notable ones are a collaboration on molecular fMRI and another work on a behavioural project aimed at studying the process of learning in a changing environment.
  • Dynamical Systems: My work in my PhD study dealt with stability analysis of classes of nonlinear, switched and time-delay systems subjects to various forms of uncertainty. Given that background and that general area of interest, I have considered applying those methods to various problems I have faced in different stages of my career. In the context of neuroscience, I see an immediate need to introduce those concepts to the general audience working in neuroscience, since most of the analysis done by many neurosceintists still relies on basic statistical concepts. The issue is not confined to the analysis methods, but seems to me that it is caused partly by a difference in world-view among many neuroscientist or maybe a lack of knowledge of the alternative methods. To do my part in introducing the methods of dyanmcial systems to the field of systems neurosceince, as a first step, I have started a project studying the effects of time-delay in a certain brain network. The project is aimed at studying the effects of diversity of neuronal types in the brain and the benefits of having specialised fast and accurate communication channels in those networks.
  • Vision and Perception: My interst in visual perception is inspired by my interest in photography and also in the strong tradition of working in this specific area in our depratmnet. This has led me to start a project whose aim is to quantify the common theories on the composition of a photograph. To do so, I am using an eye-tracking device paired with an EEG recording system and I use photos taken by a distinguished photographer as the visual stimuli. Hopefully, prelimanry results wil be out soon.



Somehow, I still find some time to indulge myself in a few hobbies, most joyous of them is photography. You can find samples of my work in here.

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Books (1):

Bokharaie VS: Uncertain Positive Systems: with applications in epidemiology, 140, LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, Saarbrücken, Germany, (September-2012). ISBN: 978-3-659-25805-3

Articles (8):

Noori HR, Mervin LH, Bokharaie V, Durmus Ö, Egenrieder L, Fritze S, Gruhlke B, Reinhardt G, Schnabel H-H, Staudenmaier S, Logothetis NK, Bender A and Spanagel R (November-2018) Systemic neurotransmitter responses to clinically approved and experimental neuropsychiatric drugs Nature Communications 9(4699) 1-14.
Bokharaie VS, Bauweraerts P and Meyers J (December-2016) Wind-farm layout optimisation using a hybrid Jensen–LES approach Wind Energy Science 1(2) 311-325.
Bokharaie VS and Meyers J (June-2016) A Control Strategy to Maximise Energy Extraction in Windfarms 1-7 . submitted
Wirth F, Mason O, Bokharaie VS and Rami MA (November-2014) Stability Criteria for SIS Epidemiological Models under Switching Policies Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems: Series B 19(9) 2865-2887.
Bokharaie VS and Mason O (July-2014) On Delay-Independent Stability of a Class of Nonlinear Positive Time-Delay Systems IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control 59(7) 1974-1977.
Bokharaie VS and Parsaee G (July-2013) An Application of Joint Spectral Radius in Power Control Problem for Wireless Communications - 1-4. submitted
Bokharaie VS, Mason O and Wirth F (December-2011) Stability and positivity of equilibria for subhomogeneous cooperative systems Nonlinear Analysis: Theory, Methods & Applications 74(17) 6416–6426.
Bokharaie VS, Mason O and Verwoerd M (December-2010) D-Stability and Delay-Independent Stability of Homogeneous Cooperative Systems IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control 55(12) 2882-2885.

Conference papers (9):

Bokharaie VS and Meyers J (March-2015) A Control Scheme to Maximise Power Generation in Off-shore windfarms, European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) OFFSHORE 2015, 1-7.
Bokharaie V, Sipahi R and Milano F (April-2014) Small-Signal Stability Analysis of Delayed Power System Stabilizers, Power Systems Computation Conference (PSCC 2014), IEEE, Piscataway, NJ, USA, 1-7.
Bokharaie V and Mason O (June-2013) A Robust Stability Condition for Subhomogeneous Cooperative Time-delay Systems, 2nd International Conference on Control and Fault-Tolerant Systems (SysTol 2013), 1-6. submitted
Rami MA, Bokharaie VS, Mason O and Wirth FR (July-2012) Extremal norms for positive linear inclusions, 20th International Symposium on Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems (MTNS 2012), 1-8.
Bokharaie VS, Mason O and Wirth F (July-2010) On the D-Stability of Linear and Nonlinear Positive Switched Systems, 19th International Symposium on Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems (MTNS 2010), Budapest, Hungary, 795-799.
Bokharaie VS, Mason O and Wirth F (July-2010) Spread of epidemics in time-dependent networks, 19th International Symposium on Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems (MTNS 2010), Budapest, Hungary, 1717-1719.
Mason O, Bokharaie VS and Shorten R (September-2009) Stability and D-stability for Switched Positive Systems In: Positive Systems, , Third Multidisciplinary International Symposium on Positive Systems: Theory and Applications (POSTA 2009), Springer, Berlin, Germany, 101-109, Series: Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences ; 389.
Bokharaie VS and Khaki-Sedigh A (August-2006) An LMI Approach to Automatic Loop-Shaping of QFT Controllers, International Control Conference (ICC 2006), University of Strathclyde Publications, Glasgow, UK, 1-6.
Bokharaie VS and Khaki-Sedigh A (December-2003) Automatic QFT controller design using LMI theory, First African Control Conference, -.

Technical reports (1):

Bokharaie V, Carroll P, Devine M, Fennell P, Gleeson J, Hayes K, Hunter G, Idiak J, Lee W, Lynch J, Mason J, Nowotarski J, O'Connoll M, O'Sullivan D, Tomczyk J, Ward J, Yan LTA and Finn P: Electricity Exchange: Demand Side Unit performance monitoring, 687, Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry, University of Limerick: ESGI 93, (August-2013).

Posters (1):

Savic T, Gambino G, Bokharaie V, Noori H, Logothetis NK and Angelovski G (September-13-2018): Monitoring of ischemic stroke with calcium-responsive MR contrast agents, 11th Annual World Molecular Imaging Congress (WMIC 2018), Seattle, WA, USA.

Theses (1):

Bokharaie VS: Stability Analysis of Positive Systems with Applications to Epidemiology, Hamilton Institute, National University of Ireland Maynooth, (January-2012). PhD thesis

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