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Dr James Rankin

Maths Lecturer


Telephone: 01392 724673 or 01392 725359

Extension: (Streatham) 4673 or (Streatham) 5359

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I am a Lecturer in Mathematical Biology at the University of Exeter doing research in mathematical and computational neuroscience. My research interests include dynamical systems, bifurcation theory, modelling of sensory cortex (auditory and visual), perceptual bistability and experiments in auditory perception (psychoacoustics).

Position available

3.5 year college funded PhD Studentship in Computational Neuroscience:
Neural dynamics of perceptual competition
More info (Ref: 2589)

Open to UK, EU and International students with maintenance (£14,296 per year) and tuition fees fully funded

Application deadline April 10th 2017

Journal publications

  • J. Rankin, P. J. Osborn Popp and J. Rinzel,
    Stimulus pauses and perturbations differentially delay or promote the segregation of auditory objects: psychoacoustics and modeling,
    Frontiers in Neuroscience, 11(198), 2017
    (fulltext, pdf)
  • A. I. Meso, J. Rankin, O. Faugeras, P. Kornprobst and G. S. Masson,
    The relative contribution of noise and adaptation to competition during tri-stable motion perception,
    Journal of Vision, 16(15), 6-6, 2016
    (fulltext, pdf)
  • J. Rankin, E. Sussman and J. Rinzel,
    Neuromechanistic model of auditory bistability,
    PLOS Computational Biology, Vol. 11, No. e1004555, 2015
    (fulltext, pdf)
  • J. Rankin, D. Avitabile, J. Baladron, G. Faye and D. J. Lloyd,
    Continuation of localised coherent structures in nonlocal neural field equations,
    SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing (SISC), Vol. 36, No. 1, pp. B70--B93, 2014
    (fulltext, pdf)          
  • J. Rankin, A. I. Meso, G. S. Masson, O. Faugeras and P. Kornprobst,
    Bifurcation study of a neural fields competition model with an application to perceptual switching in motion integration,
    Journal of Computational Neuroscience, Vol. 36, No. 2, pp. 193--213, 2014
    (fulltext, pdf)
  • G. Faye, J. Rankin and D.J. Lloyd,
    Localized radial bumps of a neural field equation on the Euclidean plane and the Poincaré disk,
    Nonlinearity, Vol. 26, pp. 437--478, 2013
    (fulltext, pdf)
  • J. Rankin, È. Tlapale, R.  Veltz, O. Faugeras and P. Kornprobst,
    Bifurcation analysis applied to a model of motion integration with a multistable stimulus,
    Journal of Computational Neuroscience, Vol. 34, No. 1, pp. 103--124, 2013
    (fulltext, pdf)
  • G. Faye, J. Rankin and P. Chossat,
    Localized states in an unbounded neural field equation with smooth firing rate function: a multi-parameter analysis,
    Journal of Mathematical Biology,  Vol. 66, No. 6, pp. 1303-1338, 2013      
    (fulltext, pdf)
  • J. Rankin*, J. J. Walker*, R. Windle, S. L. Lightman and J. R. Terry, (*: equal contribution)
    Characterizing dynamic interactions between ultradian glucocorticoid rhythmicity and acute stress using the phase response curve,
    PLOS One, Vol. 7, No. 2, 2012         
  • J. Rankin, M. Desroches, B. Krauskopf and M. Lowenberg,
    Canard cycles in aircraft ground dynamics,
    Nonlinear Dynamics, Vol. 66, No. 4, 2011          
    (fulltext, pdf)
  • J. Rankin, M. Lowenberg, B. Krauskopf and E. Coetzee,
    Nonlinear Analysis of Lateral Loading During Taxiway Turns,
    AIAA Journal of Guidance, Dynamics and Control, Vol. 33, No. 6, 2010
  • J. Rankin, M. Lowenberg, B. Krauskopf and E. Coetzee,
    Operational Parameter Study of Aircraft Dynamics on the Ground,
    ASME Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics, Vol. 5, No. 2,  2010
  • J. Rankin, E. Coetzee, B. Krauskopf and M. Lowenberg,
    Bifurcation and Stability Analysis of Aircraft Turning on the Ground, 
    AIAA Journal of Guidance, Dynamics and Control, Vol. 32, No. 2, 2009

Peer reviewed conference proceedings

  • H. M. Osinga and J. Rankin,
    Two-parameter locus of boundary crisis: mind the gaps!,
    Proceedings of The 8th AIMS international conference,  2011