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Dieter Frans S. Vanderelst

Title: Assistant Professor, Psychology-Biology-Mechanical Engineering-Electrical Engineering (jointly appointed)
Office: 45150Q EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center
Tel: 513-556-4058
Email: dieter.vanderelst@uc.edu
Web: http://bitsofbats.weebly.com/

SBBE, Sensory ecology, models of bat echolocation and flight control, robotic and computational models of animal behaviour and perception. Models of human cognition.

Education

  • MSc, Ugent, Belgium (Theoretical Psychology).
  • MSc, KUL, Belgium (Artificial Intelligence).
  • Ph.D., UA, Belgium, 2012 (Biology).

Research Information

Research Interests

The echolocation system of bats is limited in a number of important ways. It has a low update rate, a small "field of view" and a limited temporal resolution. Nevertheless, echolocating bats  are able to fly swiftly through vegetation, navigate changing environments, recognise objects and forage on the wing. In spite of intense efforts over the past 50 years, the sensorimotor algorithms underlying bat sonar remain only partly understood. I want to understand how, in spite of the limitations of their sensory system, bats are able to deal with the challenges that result from living in complex and changing environments. In other words, I want to know how bats deal with the limitations of their sonar system.

In my research, I use both simulation methods, artificial sonar systems and robots to research the sensorimotor loops underlying bat biosonar. In addition, I believe that by studying bat sonar the performance gap between artificial and biological sonar can be substantially reduced.

Besides bats and echolocation, my interests include bio-inspired artificial intelligence and models of cognitive functions both in humans and in animals.

Publication list on Research gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Dieter_Vanderelst

Selected publications:

Vanderelst, D., Steckel, J., Boen, A., Peremans, H. and Holderied, M. W. Place recognition using batlike sonar eLife, eLife Sciences Publications Limited, 2016, Vol. 5, pp. e14188

Vanderelst, D., Holderied, M. W. and Peremans, H. Sensorimotor Model of Obstacle Avoidance in Echolocating Bats PLoS Comput Biol, Public Library of Science, 2015, Vol. 11(10), pp. e1004484

Bartenstein, S. K., Gerstenberg, N., Vanderelst, D., Peremans, H. and Firzlaff, U. Echo-acoustic flow dynamically modifies the cortical map of target range in bats Nature communications, Nature Publishing Group, 2014, Vol. 5

Vanderelst, D., Lee, Y.-F., Geipel, I., Kalko, E. K., Kuo, Y.-M. and Peremans, H. The noseleaf of Rhinolophus formosae focuses the Frequency Modulated (FM) component of the calls
How nature shaped echolocation in animals, Frontiers E-books, 2014, pp. 55

Vanderelst, D., Reijniers, J., Firzlaff, U. and Peremans, H. Dominant glint based prey localization in horseshoe bats: a possible strategy for noise rejection PLoS Comput Biol, Public Library of Science, 2011, Vol. 7(12), pp. e1002268

Reijniers, J., Vanderelst, D. and Peremans, H. Morphology-induced information transfer in bat sonar Physical review letters, APS, 2010, Vol. 105(14), pp. 148701

Vanderelst, D., De Mey, F., Peremans, H., Geipel, I., Kalko, E. and Firzlaff, U. What noseleaves do for FM bats depends on their degree of sensorial specialization PloS one, Public Library of Science, 2010, Vol. 5(8), pp. e11893

Publications

Peer-reviewed Publications

  • Vanderelst, D., Steckel, J., Boen, A., Peremans, H., & Holderied, M. W. (2016). Place recognition using batlike sonar.. ELife, 5.
  • Vanderelst, Dieter (2016). Correction: Social Network Analysis As a Tool for Research Policy.. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 10 (1), e0004410.
  • Vanderelst, Dieter (2015). Social Network Analysis As a Tool for Research Policy.. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 9 (12), e0004266.
  • Vanderelst, D., Holderied, M. W., & Peremans, H. (2015). Sensorimotor Model of Obstacle Avoidance in Echolocating Bats.. PLoS Computational Biology, 11 (10), e1004484.
  • Vanderelst, D., Peremans, H., Razak, N. A., Verstraelen, E., & Dimitriadis, G. (2015). Correction: The aerodynamic cost of head morphology in bats: maybe not as bad as it seems.. PloS One, 10 (5), e0126061.
  • Vanderelst, D., Peremans, H., Razak, N. A., Verstraelen, E., Dimitriadis, G., & Dimitriadis, G. (2015). The aerodynamic cost of head morphology in bats: maybe not as bad as it seems.. PloS One, 10 (3), e0118545.
  • Schnyder, H. A., Vanderelst, D., Bartenstein, S., Firzlaff, U., & Luksch, H. (2014). The avian head induces cues for sound localization in elevation.. PloS One, 9 (11), e112178.
  • Bartenstein, S. K., Gerstenberg, N., Vanderelst, D., Peremans, H., & Firzlaff, U. (2014). Echo-acoustic flow dynamically modifies the cortical map of target range in bats.. Nature Communications, 5, 4668.
  • Reijniers, J., Vanderelst, D., Jin, C., Carlile, S., & Peremans, H. (2014). An ideal-observer model of human sound localization.. Biological Cybernetics, 108 (2), 169-81.
  • Vanderelst, D., & Speybroeck, N. (2014). Loading, merging and analysing demographic and health surveys using R.. International Journal of Public Health, 59 (2), 415-22.
  • Vanderelst, D., Reijniers, J., & Peremans, H. (2014). Comment on "Ear deformations give bats a physical mechanism for fast adaptation of ultrasonic beam patterns".. Physical Review Letters, 112 (7), 079401.
  • Vanderelst, D., & Speybroeck, N. (2013). An adjusted bed net coverage indicator with estimations for 23 African countries.. Malaria Journal, 12, 457.
  • Peremans, H., & Vanderelst, D. (2013). Augmented topological maps for three-dimensional navigation.. The Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 36 (5), 560-1; discussion 57.
  • Vanderelst, D., Lee, Y., Geipel, I., Kalko, E. K. V., Kuo, Y., & Peremans, H. (2013). The noseleaf of Rhinolophus formosae focuses the Frequency Modulated (FM) component of the calls.. Frontiers in Physiology, 4, 191.
  • Vanderelst, D., Jonas, R., & Herbert, P. (2012). The furrows of Rhinolophidae revisited.. Journal of the Royal Society, Interface, 9 (70), 1100-3.
  • Vanderelst, D., Reijniers, J., Firzlaff, U., & Peremans, H. (2011). Dominant glint based prey localization in horseshoe bats: a possible strategy for noise rejection.. PLoS Computational Biology, 7 (12), e1002268.
  • Guarato, F., Jakobsen, L., Vanderelst, D., Surlykke, A., & Hallam, J. (2011). A method for estimating the orientation of a directional sound source from source directivity and multi-microphone recordings: principles and application.. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 129 (2), 1046-58.
  • Vanderelst, D., Reijniers, J., Steckel, J., & Peremans, H. (2011). Information generated by the moving pinnae of Rhinolophus rouxi: tuning of the morphology at different harmonics.. PloS One, 6 (6), e20627.
  • Reijniers, J., Vanderelst, D., & Peremans, H. (2010). Morphology-induced information transfer in bat sonar.. Physical Review Letters, 105 (14), 148701.
  • Vanderelst, D., De Mey, F., Peremans, H., Geipel, I., Kalko, E., & Firzlaff, U. (2010). What noseleaves do for FM bats depends on their degree of sensorial specialization.. PloS One, 5 (8), e11893.
  • De Mey, F., Schillebeeckx, F., Vanderelst, D., Boen, A., & Peremans, H. (2010). Modelling simultaneous echo waveform reconstruction and localization in bats.. Bio Systems, 100 (2), 94-100.
  • Vanderelst, D., & Speybroeck, N. (2010). Quantifying the lack of scientific interest in neglected tropical diseases.. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 4 (1), e576.
  • Vanderelst, D., Ahn, R. M. C., & Barakova, E. I. (2009). Simulated trust: a cheap social learning strategy.. Theoretical Population Biology, 76 (3), 189-96.
  • Brysbaert, M., Speybroeck, S., & Vanderelst, D. (2009). Is there room for the BBC in the mental lexicon? On the recognition of acronyms.. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology (2006), 62 (9), 1832-42.
  • Duyck, W., Vanderelst, D., Desmet, T., & Hartsuiker, R. J. (2008). The frequency effect in second-language visual word recognition.. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 15 (4), 850-5.

Experience & Service

Courses Taught

  • -PSTP-7077C CE 201
    PROGRAMMING FOR BEHAVIORIAL SCIENTISTS
    Level: Undergraduate