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Michael Stiber

Michael Stiber

Associate Dean, School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at University of Washington, Bothell

Greater Seattle Area
Higher Education
  1. University of Washington, Bothell
  1. University of Washington, Bothell,
  2. S-Squared Technical Consulting,
  3. University of Florida
  1. UCLA
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University of Washington, Bothell

University of Washington, Bothell

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs, School of STEM

– Present

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Dual-degree undergraduate (CS & EE), took a break from academia at Texas Instruments designing closed-loop computer graphics/test equipment, then went on to earn a PhD from UCLA in CS (AI and Neural Networks/Computational Neuroscience). Was one of first faculty in CS dept. at the Hong Kong Univ. of Science & Technology. Returned to the US, spending one year in Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley before becoming the first tenure-track hire at UW Bothell, a new Univ. of WA campus. I enjoy working in an "intellectual home" that values research and teaching and that provides a diverse, stimulating atmosphere. My work is in the intersection of computing, biology, and mathematics.

Specialties:Neural networks, nonlinear dynamics, computational neuroscience, computational biology, data analysis, algorithm development, curriculum development.


Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs, School of STEM

University of Washington, Bothell
– Present (1 year 9 months)

Work closely with Dean and Divisional Chairs to create strategic architecture, procedures, budget, and staffing plan to support multiple graduate programs within the school. Coordinate relationships with internal and external stakeholders and partners. Manage external communications to emphasize points of differentiation for UWB STEM educational initiatives within the higher education market, to help ensure programs meet enrollment targets, and to engage alumni. Foster research activity, including faculty mentoring, administrative support, development of a research culture, and alignment of curricula.

Interim Chair, Computing & Software Systems Division, School of STEM

University of Washington, Bothell
– Present (1 year 9 months)

Facilitating transition of CSS from an independent program to an academic division within UW Bothell's new School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics. Responsible for overseeing (and delegating as appropriate) educational and administrative affairs of the Divisions, including divisional strategic planning and structure, faculty recruitment, hiring, and load assignments, faculty mentoring, assessment, and evaluation, curriculum development, program assessment, and course scheduling.


University of Washington, Bothell
– Present (5 years 5 months)

Continuing my research in computational neuroscience within the interstices of time remaining between administrative responsibilities. Building large, long-duration, multiscale neural simulation environments that leverage GPU parallelism.

Faculty Principal, Biotechnology & Biomedical Technology Institute

University of Washington, Bothell
– Present (8 years 7 months)

Co-Founder of Biotechnology & Biomedical Technology Institute.

Director of Computing and Software Systems

University of Washington, Bothell
(2 years 10 months)

Along with exceptional team of faculty and staff, built the fastest-growing computer science and software engineering program in Washington State. Initiated creation of electrical engineering bachelors degree. Built self-sustaining masters degrees and graduate certificates with total budget of more than $1 million. Collaborated in creation of new School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Tried to ensure the trains ran on time.


S-Squared Technical Consulting
(11 years)

Algorithm development for signal processing applications and embedded devices. Consulting on creation of academic curricula and technical education materials.

Interim Director of Computing & Software Systems

University of Washington, Bothell
(1 year 11 months)

Associate Professor

University of Washington, Bothell
(7 years 10 months)

Visiting Associate Professor

University of Florida
(1 year 1 month)

Developed new (to me) research directions in simulations of development in dissociated cortical tissue. A trip or two to Disneyworld may have been involved.

Adjunct Associate Professor

University of Washington
(3 years 10 months)

Assistant Professor

University of Washington, Bothell
(4 years 1 month)

Research Assistant Professor

University of California, Berkeley
(1 year)

Assistant Professor

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
(4 years)

Among the very first faculty hired in new computer science department of this new university, with all the work that that entailed.

Electrical Design Engineer

Texas Instruments
(2 years)

Developed software for closed-loop test of forward looking infrared (FLIR) hardware and target tracking software.

Engineering Intern

(4 months)

Designed hardware for intelligent graphics terminal.


Thwing-Albert Instrument Co.
(2 years)

Developed software for earliest microprocessor-controlled tensile-testing equipment and specialized scales.


Spike timing precision and neural error correction: local behavior(Link)

Neural Computation

The effects of spike timing precision and dynamical behavior on error correction in spiking neurons were investigated. Stationary discharges — phase locked, quasiperi- odic, or chaotic — were induced in a simulated neuron by presenting pacemaker presy- naptic spike trains across a model of a prototypical inhibitory synapse. Reduced tim- ing precision was modeled by jittering presynaptic spike times. Aftereffects of errors — in this communication, missed presynaptic spikes — were determined by compar- ing postsynaptic spike times between simulations identical except for the presence or absence of errors. Results show that the effects of an error vary greatly depending on the ongoing dynamical behavior. In the case of phase lockings, a high degree of presynaptic spike timing precision can provide significantly faster error recovery. For non-locked behaviors, isolated missed spikes can have little or no discernible afteref- fects (or even serve to paradoxically reduce uncertainty in postsynaptic spike timing), regardless of presynaptic imprecision. This suggests two possible categories of error correction: high-precision locking with rapid recovery and low-precision non-locked with error immunity.

Transient bifurcations in neural error correction

May 2007

This paper presents an investigation into the responses of neurons to errors in presynaptic spike trains. Errors are viewed, in nonlinear dynamical terms, as brief-duration changes in stationary presynaptic spike trains which induce transient responses in the postsynaptic cell. As these are generally large- magnitude transients, linearized neural models are not helpful. Instead, the responses of a full, nonlinear physiological model of a neuron that includes the recognized living prototype of an inhibitory synapse are analyzed. More specifically, the transients are examined in the context of the stationary behaviors that precede and succeed each error. It is shown that one and two dimensional bifurcation diagrams can be constructed from the transient responses — that there are marked changes in the transient responses at points that correspond to bifurcations in the stationary responses, qualitative changes in transients on either side of bifurcations, and only quantitative changes in transients between bifurcations.

Bursting behavior in a large-scale model of cortical network development

BIOCOMP 2012 — Mathematical Modeling and Computational Topics in Biosciences
June 2012

Cultured dissociated cortical cells grown into networks on multi-electrode arrays are used to investigate neuronal network development, activity, plasticity, response to stimuli, the effects of pharmacological agents, etc. They also exhibit whole-culture pathological bursting; understanding the mechanisms that underlie this could allow creation of more useful cell cultures and have medical applications. We have developed a computational model of initially dissociated cell cultures that develop into interconnected networks; previous work on small, 100-neuron networks produced behaviors that seem to be dominated by size effects. This paper outlines recent results obtained from larger networks.




We're developing a soon-to-be open source neural network simulator intended to speed researchers moving their code to GPUs and other parallel implementations. Our focus is on maximum performance, validation of results between different code versions, and aiding people who are writing their own code. We are producing a scaffold so that you only need to write model-specific code fragments.

Team members:


  1. English

    Native or bilingual proficiency
  2. Japanese

    Elementary proficiency
  3. Chinese

    Elementary proficiency


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  • Academic Administration
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  • Data Analysis
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  • Machine Learning
  • Artificial Intelligence
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  • Algorithms
  • Simulations
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  • Programming
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  • Parallel Computing
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  • Experimentation
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Technical Writing
  • Linux
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  • Critical Thinking
  • Management
  • Object Oriented Design
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PhD, Computer Science


MS, Computer Science

Northeast High School

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