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Member petreska

Biljana Petreska (alumnus)

Visiting researcher
  • Mobile: +41 79 796 85 28


  • Fields of Interest

    • *** I have now joined the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit at University College London as a postdoctoral research fellow, where I work with Prof. Maneesh Sahani on the decoding of neural data. A new webpage will follow. ***



    • Neural processing of information in the human brain, in particular the sensorimotor representations and nonlinear transformations underlying human imitation and reaching.

    • All aspects of neuroscience: cognitive neuroscience, experimental neuropsychology, neurophysiology and human brain imaging.

    • Machine learning, statistical learning and nonlinear dynamical systems.


    Projects



    Hobbies

    • Passionate about the Arts. Subscribed to Wired and The Economist. Pilates.


    Media Coverage



    Publications



      Journals

    • Petreska, B., Billard, A. and Hermsdörfer, J. (2010) Revisiting a study of callosal apraxia: The right hemisphere can imitate the orientation but not the position of the hand. Neuropsychologia, vol. 48, num. 9, 2010, p. 2509-2516. [show abstract] [pdf] [BibTeX]
    • Petreska, B. (2009) Interview with Biljana Petreska, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland. IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine, vol. 4, 2009, p. 7-+..
    • Petreska, B. and Billard, A. (2009) Movement Curvature Planning through Force Field Internal Models. Biological Cybernetics, vol. 100, num. 5, 2009, p. 331-350. [show abstract] [pdf] [BibTeX]
    • Petreska, B., Adriani, M., Blanke, O. and Billard, A. (2007) Apraxia: a review. In C. von Hofsten (Ed.). From Action to Cognition. Progress in Brain Research. Elsevier. Amsterdam. Vol. 164, pp. 61-83. [pdf] [BibTeX]
    • Brooks, A., van der Zwan, R., Billard, A., Petreska, B., Clarke, S. and Blanke, O. (2007) Auditory motion affects visual biological motion processing. Neuropsychologia, Vol. 45(3) , pp. 523-530. [pdf]


    • Conference Proceedings

    • Petreska, B., Schneider, L., Buttet Sovilla, J., Billard, A. and Aeschlimann, M. (2010) The variability of contact position errors in apraxic imitation. Society for Neuroscience Meeting (SfN 2010), San Diego, California, USA, November 13-17, 2010. [SfN 2010] [show abstract] [BibTeX]
    • Petreska, B. and Yovel, Yossi (2008) A Neural Model of Demyelination of the Mouse Spinal Cord. International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN 2008), Hong Kong, 2008. [show abstract] [pdf] [BibTeX]
    • Petreska, B. and Billard, A. (2006) A Neurocomputational Model of an Imitation Deficit following Brain Lesion. In Proceedings of 16th International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks (ICANN 2006). LNCS, Vol. 4131, pp. 770-779. [ICANN'2006] [show abstract] [pdf] [BibTeX]
    • Petreska, B. and Teuscher, C. (2004) A Reconfigurable Hardware Membrane System. In C. Martin-Vide, G. Mauri, G. Paun, G. Rozenberg and A. Salomaa, editors. Membrane Computing, volume 2933 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pages 269-285, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg. [pdf] [BibTeX]
    • Petreska, B. and Teuscher, C. (2003) A Hardware Membrane System. In A. Alhazov, C. Martin -Vide, and G. Paun, editors. Proceedings of the MolCoNet Workshop on Membrane Computing, WMC2003, number 18/03, pages 343-355, Tarragona (Spain). [pdf] [BibTeX]


    • PhD Thesis

    • Petreska, B. and (2009) Modeling the neural correlates of imitation from a neuropsychological perspective. Ph.D. Thesis Lausanne 2009. [home page] [show abstract] [pdf] [BibTeX]


    • Other Publications

    • Petreska, B., Billard, A., Hermsdörfer, J. and Goldenberg, G. (2009) What apraxia tells us about the brain hemispheres’ contributions to human imitation. Society for Neuroscience Meeting (SfN 2009), Chicago, October 17-21.. [SfN 2009] [show abstract] [BibTeX]
    • Petreska, B. and Billard, A. (2008) Modeling Unconstrained Self-Oriented Movements. Neural Control of Movement Society Meeting (NCM 2008), Naples, Florida, April 29 - May 4.. [show abstract] [BibTeX]
    • Petreska, B. and Billard, A. (2008) Neurocomputational Modeling of Imitation through Apraxia Errors. Workshop for Women in Machine Learning (WiML 2008), colocated with NIPS, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, December 8, 2008.. [BibTeX]
    • Petreska, B. and Billard, A. (2008) Neurocomputational modeling of imitation deficits. Seventeenth Annual Computational Neuroscience Meeting (CNS 2008), BMC Neuroscience 2008, 9(Suppl 1):P76, Portland, Oregon, USA, July 19 - 24, 2008.. [show abstract]
    • Petreska, B. and Billard, A. (2006) A Neurocomputational Model of Impaired Imitation. Poster presented at the Workshop for Women in Machine Learning, San Diego (USA). [WiML] [pdf]
    • Petreska, B., Adriani, M., Blanke, O. and Billard, A. (2006) Neural Modeling of Imitation Deficits. In Dynamical principles for neuroscience and intelligent biomimetic devices - Abstracts of the EPFL-LATSIS Symposium, A. J. Ijspeert, J. Buchli, A. Selverston, M. Rabinovich, M. Hasler, W. Gerstner, A. Billard, H. Markram and D. Floreano (eds), Lausanne. pp 117-118. [pdf]
    • Petreska, B., Adriani, M., Blanke, O. and Billard, A. (2005) Modeling of Imitation Deficits in Apraxic Patients. Poster presented at the ESF Research Conference on Brain Development and Cognition in Human Infants, Maratea (Italy). [pdf]


      Invited Talks


      A neuro-computational model of imitative apraxa. Entwicklungsgruppe Klinische Neuropsychologie, Munich, March 1st, 2007.

      Robots Intelligents: Histoire et Perspectives. Exposé at the Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel, November 14th, 2006.

      A Neurocomputational Model of an Imitation Deficit following Brain Lesion. Brain Simulation Laboratory, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, October 10th, 2006.

      Conference Talks


      A Neural Model of Demyelination of the Mouse Spinal Cord. at the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN 2008), Hong Kong, 2008.

      A Neurocomputational Model of an Imitation Deficit following Brain Lesion. At the 16th International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks (ICANN 2006), Athens, Greece, 2006.

      A Reconfigurable Hardware Membrane System. International Workshop on Membrane Computing (WMC 2003), Tarragona, Spain, 2003.



      Curriculum Vitae


      Machine Learning Summer School (MLSS 2008) in Ile de Re, France, September 1-15, 2008.

      Complex Systems Summer School (CSSS 2007) at the Santa Fe Institute, New Mexico, USA, June 3-29, 2007.

      MSc and BSc in Computer Science at the Ecole Fédérale Polytechnique de Lausanne, (EPFL), in 2004 and 2002 respectively.


      Awards and Honors


      Best Student Paper Award

      at the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN 2008) for the paper "A Neural Model of Demyelination of the Mouse Spinal Cord" written in collaboration with Yossi Yovel from the University of Tuebingen.

      “Prix de la fondation Annaheim”

      for the master thesis entitled “Neural Visuomotor Coordination for a Simulated Salamander Robot” at the Biologically Inspired Robotics Group, EPFL. Rewards a high-level work devoted to the connection between computer science and life sciences (bio-inspired systems, bio-informatics), 2004.

      One year scholarship to enroll the Manufacturing Systems and Robotics Doctoral Program (EDPR) at the Ecole Fédérale Polytechnique de Lausanne (EPFL) as a PhD student, 2005.

      IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (IEEE CIS) Travel Grant to attend the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN 2008, 800$). Microsoft Research for students (MSR) Travel Grant to attend the Workshop for Women in Machine Learning (WiML 2006, 350£). European Neural Network Society (ENNS) Travel Grant to attend the International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks (ICANN 2006, 400€). European Science Foundation (ESF) Travel Grant to attend the ESF Research Conference on Brain Development and Cognition in Human Infants (2005, 610€).



    Last update: 11/03/08