David Beeman

What I do

Prior to coming to the University of Colorado Boulder in 1990, I taught undergraduate physics at Harvey Mudd College (1969-1990), and performed research in computational solid state physics, modeling the structure and vibrational properties of amorphous semiconductors. Many of the early publications in my publications list were in collaboration with undergraduate students and with experimentalists who measured spectra for materials which I have modeled. I was also active in the development of tutorial simulations in undergraduate physics education.

Since 1990, I have held an appointment as either Professor Adjunct or Adjoint of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder. (http://ece-www.colorado.edu). At CU, I have lectured in the course "Brains, Minds and Computers", giving lectures on computer modeling of biological and artificial neural networks. I also have served on thesis committees, and participated in departmental activities relating to engineering education and curriculum revision. I am a member of the graduate faculty of the Center for Neuroscience and a member of the Society for Neuroscience and the Organization for Computational Neuroscience. I am also a participating faculty member of the Interdisciplinary Quantitative Biology Program (https://iqbiology.colorado.edu/faculty), and supervise the occasional student with an interest in my research area.

During this time, my principal activity was the development of educational tutorials and instructional materials in computational neuroscience, using the GENESIS neural simulator, working as a subcontractor on grants funding GENESIS development.

This has involved the conversion of research simulations into more accessible "user-friendly" simulation-based educational tutorials. I have co-authored a textbook and laboratory manual that incorporates computer simulations into neuroscience courses ( The Book of GENESIS: Exploring Realistic Neural Models with the GEneral NEural SImulation System, J. M. Bower and D. Beeman, 2nd ed., 1998). I have also taught the use of the GENESIS simulator at various short courses on Computational Neuroscience (Marine Biology Laboratory 1990-1992; Crete 1997; Bangalore 1999; Trieste 2001; Obidos 2002-2003; Frankfurt 2006; Brasil 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014; Luebeck 2012).

Under recent GENESIS grants, I participated in the design and testing of the GENESIS 3 graphical user interface and developed interactive documentation supporting GENESIS use, including tutorials to educate neuroscientists in the process of biologically realistic neural modeling. (For example, see The Ultimate GENESIS Tutorial Distribution.)

I am currently working on a large network simulation of primary auditory cortex that has structurally and electrophysiologically realistic neurons. This simultion was developed to contribute to the understanding of the perception of combinations of musical tones. Most recently, the model has been applied to the stufy of the effects of synaptic plasticity on adaptation in human auditory cortex. This also serves as a tutorial, practical example, and guide to applying biologically realistic modeling to the study of cortical networks.

My wife Cory Morse and I live in Hygiene, Colorado. I have a daughter, Lisa, and a son, Adam.

How to contact me

Office: Engineering Center, ECEE 124
   Phone: (303) 492-2852 (rarely answered)
   Fax: (303) 492-2758
   E-mail: dbeeman@colorado.edu

Mailing address:
   Prof. David Beeman
   Dept. of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering
   425 UCB
   University of Colorado
   Boulder, CO 80309

Other information about me

Links to some projects with which I'm involved

This page was last updated on Fri Apr 20 19:49:35 MDT 2018