Jim Harkin

Dr

  • Northlands Road, Magee Campus

    BT48 7JL Londonderry

    United Kingdom

  • 926 Citations
  • 18 h-Index
19992019
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Biography

Dr Jim Harkin is Associate Head of the School of Computing, Engineering and Intelligent Systems and a Reader in Embedded Systems. He is a member of the Computational Neuroscience and Neural Engineering team in the Intelligent Systems Research Centre (ISRC) and  previously worked as a post-doc researcher in embedded systems design at Ulster (2001-2004) on the EPSRC funded project (GR/N26753). His current teaching interests relate to embedded systems encompassing digital systems design, VHDL for FPGAs and system testing. Dr. Harkin leads research on the design of intelligent embedded systems and focuses on developing electronic computing systems that can self-repair under the presence of errors. In particular, his work explores how computer models of neural networks (brain like-repair) can be mapped to hardware to build highly efficient and reliable embedded computers. His work has seen innovations in Networks-on-Chip strategies and the hardware implementation of self-repairing Spiking Neural Networks, and is Co-founder of the medical analaytics start-up company Airbrio. He has secured grant funding of +£2 million from several sources including EPSRC, DETI, InvestNI and DEL and has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He was included in the University’s Computer Science (UoA 23) submission to the RAE 2008, and also UoA 11 in REF2014.

Keywords

  • TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
  • Neural network Hardware Systems
  • Networks-on-Chip
  • Fault tolerance
  • Self-adapting strategies for electronic systems
  • Reliable hardware systems
  • FPGA Acceleration

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Research Output 1999 2019

Open Access
File
Homeostasis
Neuronal Plasticity
Calcium
Astrocytes
Plasticity

Bio-inspired fault detection circuits based on synapse and spiking neuron models

Liu, J., Huang, Y., Luo, Y., Harkin, J. & McDaid, L., 28 Feb 2019, 331, p. 473-482 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Fault detection
Synapses
Neurons
Memristors
Networks (circuits)

Calcium Microdomain Formation at the Perisynaptic Cradle due to NCX Reversal: A Computational Study. Calcium Microdomains in Astrocyte Processes

Wade, J., Breslin, K., Wong-Lin, K., Harkin, J., Flanagan, B., Van Zalinge, H., Hall, S., Dallas, M., Bithell, A., Verkhratsky, A. & McDaid, LJ., 7 May 2019, 13, p. 1-13 13 p., 185.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
calcium
potassium
cation
sodium
membrane

Exploring Self-Repair in a Coupled Spiking Astrocyte Neural Network

Liu, J., McDaid, L. J., Harkin, J., Haji Karim, S., Johnson, A. P., Millard, A. G., Hilder, J., Halliday, D. M., Tyrrell, A. M. & Timmis, J., 1 Mar 2019, 30, 3, p. 865-875 11 p., 8423789.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Repair
Neural networks
Neurons
Plasticity
Astrocytes
1 Citation (Scopus)

A computational study of astrocytic glutamate influence on post-synaptic neuronal excitability

Flanagan, B., McDaid, LJ., Wade, J., Wong-Lin, K. & Harkin, J., 16 Apr 2018, In : PLoS Computational Biology. 14, 4, p. 1-25 25 p., 14(4): e1006040.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Glutamic Acid
Amino Acid Transport System X-AG
Astrocytes
Down-Regulation
Glutamate-Ammonia Ligase

Prizes

asthma
commercialization
biotechnology
monitoring
science

Ulster Distinguished Learning Support Fellowship

Jim Harkin (Recipient), 2006

Prize: Honorary award

Press / Media

Are you using your inhaler the WRONG way?

Jim Harkin

7/05/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other