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Joshua Bowren
Graduate Student
Computational Neuroscience
University of Miami


Curiculum Vitae (CV)

I am a graduate student at the University of Miami working in the lab of Dr. Odelia Schwartz since the Fall of 2018. My main research interests are computational neuroscience, vision, and machine learning. Some central themes of my projects have included efficient coding, sparse coding, vector quantization methods, and information theory. My work is supported by a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship.

I recieved a B.S. in computer science with a minor in mathematics from the University of Central Florida. During my time at UCF I joined the Evolutionary Complexity Research Group headed by Dr. Kenneth Stanley (co-founder of Geometric Intelligence). We worked on his newly-proposed Real-Time Autoencoder-Augmented Hebbian Network (RAAHN) algorithm for autonomous agent control. In 2016 I worked with Dr. R. Paul Wiegand of the Institute for Simulation and Training at UCF on brain-inspired image compression. During the summer of 2017 I worked at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute in the lab of Dr. Jonathan Pillow on hierarchical and non-negative sparse coding.



University of Miami

University of Miami

Research Assistant

Advisor: Dr. Odelia Schwartz

June 2018 – Present

Hierarchical models of visual processing

Institute for Simulation and Training

Institute for Simulation and Training at UCF

Research Assistant

Advisor: Dr. R. Paul Wiegand

August 2016 – May 2018

Image and Video Compression

Princeton Neuroscience Institute

Princeton Neuroscience Institute

Research Intern

Advisor: Dr. Jonathan Pillow

June 2017 – August 2017

Hierarchical and Non-Negative Sparse Coding.

University of Central Florida

University of Central Florida

Research Assistant

Advisor: Dr. Kenneth Stanley

June 2014 – May 2017

Real-Time Autoencoder-Augmented Hebbian Network


(2016) Fully Autonomous Real-Time Autoencoder-Augmented Hebbian Learning through the Collection of Novel Experiences

Joshua A. Bowren, Justin, K. Pugh, and Kenneth O. Stanley In: Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems (ALIFE XV). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2016. 8 pages.