David Beeman

Electrical & Computer Engineering; Member of the Center for Neuroscience

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Campus Box 425
Engineering Center OT-243
University of Colorado at Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0425

email: dbeeman@colorado.edu
Phone: 303-492-2852
FAX: 303-492-2758
Website: http://dogstar.colorado.edu/dbeeman/dbeeman.html

Dr. Beeman is Professor Adjunct in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, where he participates in the Bioengineering program. He co-teaches the biomedical engineering course "Brains, Minds and Computers", giving lectures on computer modeling of biological and artificial neural networks. He received his Ph.D. in physics at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1967. He joined the faculty of the University of Colorado in 1990, after 21 years of teaching physics and engineering at Harvey Mudd College, and performing research in computational solid state physics and in the use of simulations in undergraduate physics education. Since 1990, his work has been in computational neuroscience, with an emphasis on biologically realistic neural modeling. He is a member of the Society for Neuroscience. His principal activity has been the development of educational tutorials and instructional materials in computational neuroscience, using the GENESIS simulator. He has 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). He also participates in a grant from the NIH-funded Human Brain Database Project to create a software framework for the storage, editing, and running of neural models that are stored in a heterogenous network of databases.

Selected Publications:

N. Goddard, M. Hucka, F. Howell, H. Cornelis, K. Shankar, and D. Beeman, "Towards NeuroML: Model Description Methods for Collaborative Modelling in Neuroscience", Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. 356: 1209-1228 (2001)

J. Forss, D. Beeman, J. M. Bower and R. Eichler-West, "The Modeler's Workspace: a distributed digital library for neuroscience", Future Generation Computer Systems 16: 111-121 (1999).

J. M. Bower and D. Beeman, "The Book of GENESIS: Exploring Realistic Neural Models with the GEneral NEural SImulation System", Second edition, Springer-Verlag (1998).