Martin Coath

Job title: Outreach Research Fellow, Cognition Institute (Faculty of Health & Human Sciences)

Research centres:

Interests

neuroscience; modelling; audition; neurons; neuromorphic engineering; public engagement; music


Role
I am Public Engagement Research Fellow at the Cognition Institute, Plymouth University. 

My research involves building computer models of how we learn to hear.  The aim of this work is to help to understand the brain, and to design devices, that is machines, that learn to make sense of the world by experiencing it via artificial sensory systems.


For more about the Cognition Institute click here.

For more about me click here.

A list (not necessarily complete) of my publications can be found here.
 

Qualifications & background

B.Sc. (Hons, Chemistry), M.Sc. (Distinction, Computational Intelligence), Ph.D. (Neuroscience)

More about me can be found here

Professional membership
MBCS 



Research interests
Auditory neuroscience, bio-inspired computation, the perception of music, and science communication. 

Grants & contracts
ALAVLSI EU FET 2001-2005
EmCAP  EU FET 2005-2008
COLAMN  EPSRC 2008-
SCANDLE 

Creative practice & artistic projects
I am currently working on a performance piece in collaboration with piano player and composer Lola Perrin called A2B2A.

This ambitious project aims to combine a scientific discourse with a closely related musical performance in an integrated setting.  The aim is to explore the degree to which the self referential nature of learning and experience can be abstracted in neuroscientific patterns.



 


Other academic activities

I have a long standing commitment to science education, or perhaps more accurately 'public engagement with science' although I see no clear distinction between the two.

This means that I regularly turn up in public trying to combat the absurd idea that science is somehow too complex or arcane to form a part of everyones world view.

In the last few years I have helped measure the acceleration due to gravity with the help of under 10s in a public park, given the pre-concert talk at the last night of the Cheltenham Music Festival (about science and the violin), helped out with a maths exploration day at a primary school in Cornwall, and a hundred other things!

I am easy to google because 'Martin Coath' is not such a common name.  There is just one other who is a ornithologist in Kent who has quite a few hits so beware!

I also teach Public Engagement skills and \LaTeX as part of the post-graduate skills curriculum at Plymouth and elsewhere.  \LaTeX is a cult dedicated to the overthrow of wordprocessors.

 


Links
For more about the SCANDLE project visit:

http://www.scandle.eu/Plone

or my page within this site

http://www.scandle.eu/partners/project-researchers/martin-coath

where you will find links to my public work with science engagement. 

Recent publications

See all of Martin's publications


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Contact details:

01752 584915
Room: A222
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http://www.mcoath.net/

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