Pierre Sacré
Assistant professor
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
School of Engineering
University of Liège


Quartier Polytech 1
10, Allée de la découverte
4000 Liège, Belgium


Office I.14A, Building B28 (Carpark P32)
Pierre Sacré

2018–present Assistant professor, University of Liège, Belgium
2014–2018 Postdoctoral fellow, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD (with )
2013 (3 months) Visiting postdoctoral fellow, Imperial College London, United Kingdom (with M. Barahona)
2013 Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences, University of Liège, Belgium (with )

Research

I am interested in solving problems at the interface of neural systems and artificial devices. In particular, my research combines nonlinear dynamical systems, statistical methods, and data science to connect observed neural activities and behaviors to the unobserved biophysical mechanisms that produce them. Specific current interests include:

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Publications

Most of my publications can be downloaded from arXiv and ORBi. (*Equal contributors)

Preprints

  1. Mutual dependence: A novel method for computing dependencies between random variables R. Agarwal*, *, and In preparation [arXiv]

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Articles in peer-reviewed journals

  1. Characterizing and predicting cortical evoked responses to direct electrical stimulation of the human brain C. R. Steinhardt, , T. C. Sheehan J. H.Wittig, S. K. Inati, S. Sarma, and K. A. Zaghloul Brain Stimulation, 13(5):1218-1225, 2020 [doi, pdf]
  2. Non-motor brain regions in non-dominant hemisphere are influential in decoding movement speed M. S. Breault, Z. B. Fitzgerald, , , , and Frontiers in Neuroscience, 13:715, Jul 2019 [doi, pdf]
  3. An intracerebral exploration of functional connectivity during word production A. Grappe, , , , C. Liégeois-Chauvel, and F.-X. Alario J. Comput. Neurosci., 46(1):125–140, Feb 2019 [doi, pdf]
  4. An exploratory data analysis method for identifying brain regions and frequencies of interest from large-scale neural recordings M. S. Breault, , , , and J. Comput. Neurosci., 46(1):3–17, Feb 2019 [doi, pdf]
  5. Risk-taking bias in human decision-making is encoded via a right–left brain push–pull system , M. S. D. Kerr, S. Subramanian, Z. Fitzgerald, K. Kahn, M. A. Johnson, E. Niebur, U. T. Eden, , , and Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 116(4):1404–1413, Jan 2019 [doi, pdf]
  6. Modeling the interactions between stimulation and physiologically induced APs in a mammalian nerve fiber: dependence on frequency and fiber diameter V. Sadashivaiah, , Y. Guan, W. S. Anderson, and J. Comput. Neurosci., 45(3):193–206, Dec 2018 [doi, pdf]
  7. The influences and neural correlates of past and present during gambling in humans *, S. Subramanian*, M. S. D. Kerr, K. Kahn, M. A. Johnson, J. Bulacio, , , and Sci. Rep., 7:17111, Dec 2017 [doi, pdf]
  8. The role of associative cortices and hippocampus during movement perturbations M. S. D. Kerr, , K. Kahn, H.-J. Park, M. Johnson, J. Lee, S. Thompson, J. Bulacio, J. Jones, , C. Liégeois-Chauvel, , and Front. Neural Circuits, 11:26, Apr 2017 [doi, pdf]
  9. Lucky rhythms in orbitofrontal cortex bias gambling decisions in humans *, M. S. D. Kerr*, K. Kahn, , J. Bulacio, H.-J. Park, M. A. Johnson, S. Thompson, J. Jones, V. S. Chib, , and Sci. Rep., 6:36206, Nov 2016 [doi, pdf]
  10. Sensitivity analysis of oscillator models in the space of phase-response curves: Oscillators as open systems and IEEE Control Syst. Mag., 34(2):50–74, Apr 2014 [doi, pdf]

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Book contributions

  1. Characterizing complex human behaviors and neural responses using dynamic models and in Dynamic Neuroscience: Statistics, Modeling, and Control, Z. Chen, S. V. Sarma, eds., Springer (2018) [doi, pdf]
  2. Sensitivity analysis of circadian entrainment in the space of phase response curves and in A Systems Theoretic Approach to Systems and Synthetic Biology II: Analysis and Design of Cellular Systems, V. V. Kulkarni, G.-B. Stan, and K. Raman, eds., Springer (Jul 2014) [doi, pdf]

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Articles in peer-reviewed conferences proceedings

  1. Studying the interactions in a mammalian nerve fiber: a functional modeling approach V. Sadashivaiah, , Y. Guan, W. S. Anderson, and EMBC 2018: Honolulu, Hawaii (17–21 Jul 2018); proceedings 3525–3528 [doi, pdf]
  2. Selective relay of afferent sensory-induced action potentials from peripheral nerve to brain and the effects of electrical stimulation V. Sadashivaiah, , Y. Guan, W. S. Anderson, and EMBC 2018: Honolulu, Hawaii (17–21 Jul 2018); proceedings 3606–3609 [doi, pdf]
  3. Neuronal activity in human anterior cingulate cortex modulates with internal cognitive state during multi-source interference task S. Sklar*, M. Walmer*, , C. Schevon, S. Srinivasan, G. Banks, M. Yates, G. McKhann, S. Sheth, , and E. Smith EMBC 2017: Seogwipo, South Korea (11–15 Jul 2017); proceedings 962–965 [doi, pdf]
  4. The role of nonmotor brain regions during human motor control J. Johnson, M. S. Breault, , M. S. D. Kerr, M. A. Johnson, J. Bulacio, , , and EMBC 2017: Seogwipo, South Korea (11–15 Jul 2017); proceedings 2498–2501 [doi, pdf]
  5. Nonmotor regions encode path-related information during movements M. S. Breault, , J. Johnson, M. S. D. Kerr, M. A. Johnson, J. Bulacio, , , and EMBC 2017: Seogwipo, South Korea (11–15 Jul 2017); proceedings 3339–3342 [doi, pdf]
  6. Modeling electrical stimulation of mammalian nerve fibers: a mechanistic versus probabilistic approach V. Sadashivaiah, , Y. Guan, W. S. Anderson, and EMBC 2017: Seogwipo, South Korea (11–15 Jul 2017); proceedings 3868–3871 [doi, pdf]
  7. Singularly perturbed phase response curves for relaxation oscillators and A. Franci CDC 2016: Las Vegas, Nevada (12–14 Dec 2016); proceedings 4680–4685 [doi, pdf]
  8. The precuneus may encode irrationality in human gambling , M. S. D. Kerr, S. Subramanian, K. Kahn, , M. A. Johnson, and EMBC 2016: Orlando, Florida (16–20 Aug 2016); proceedings 3406–3409 [doi, pdf]
  9. Winning versus losing during gambling and its neural correlates , M. S. D. Kerr, S Subramanian, K. Kahn, , M. A. Johnson, J. T. Gale, CISS 2016: Princeton, New Jersey (16–18 March 2016); proceedings 557–561 (invited session) [doi, pdf]
  10. Electrical neurostimulation for chronic pain: on selective relay of sensory neural activities in myelinated nerve fibers , , Y. Guan, and W. S. Anderson EMBC 2015: Milan, Italy (25–29 Aug 2015); proceedings 4705–4708 [doi, pdf]
  11. Kick synchronization versus diffusive synchronization A. Mauroy, , and CDC 2012: Maui, Hawaii (10–13 Dec 2012); proceedings 7171–7183 (tutorial session) [doi, pdf]
  12. Matching an oscillator model to a phase response curve and CDC–ECC 2011: Orlando, Florida (12–15 Dec 2011); proceedings 7171–7183 [doi, pdf]
  13. Multiple feedback loops in circadian cycles: robustness and entrainment as selection criteria M. Hafner, , L. Symul, H. Koeppl, and WCSB 2010: Luxembourg, Luxembourg (16–18 Jun 2010); proceedings 51–54 [pdf]
  14. Controlling the phase of an oscillator: a phase response curve approach D. Efimov, , and CDC–CCC 2009: Shanghai, China (15–18 Dec 2009); proceedings 7692–7697 [doi, pdf]

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Other International Conferences

  1. A method for finding neural correlates of behavior in regions and networks from large-scale recordings M. S. Breault, J. Bulacio, , M. S. D. Kerr, , , and Cosyne 2018: Denver, CO (1–4 Mar 2018); poster
  2. “Off-course” and emotional: The role of cognitive and limbic circuits during movements in humans M. S. Breault, , M. S. D. Kerr, M. A. Johnson, J. Bulacio, , , and Neuroscience 2017: Washington, D.C. (11–15 Nov 2017); poster
  3. Uncovering the dynamical neural basis of human decision making system , M. S. D. Kerr, S. Subramanian, K. Kahn, , M. A. Johnson, , and Neuroscience 2016: San Diego, CA (12–16 Nov 2016); poster
  4. Fragility in the human decision making system: When emotion hijacks logic , M. S. D. Kerr, S. Subramanian, K. Kahn, , M. A. Johnson, , and MONA2: Waikoloa, Hawaii (22–24 Jun 2016); poster
  5. Modulation of pain transmission in the dorsal horn circuit: from ionic channels to information transfer of noxious inputs , , Y. Guan, and W. S. Anderson Neuroscience 2015: Chicago, Illinois (17–21 Oct 2015); poster
  6. On a reduced model of spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain: selective relay of sensory neural activities in myelinated nerve fibers , , Y. Guan, and W. S. Anderson SAND7: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (27–29 May 2015); poster
  7. Towards understanding mechanisms of pain transmission: a systems theoretic approach , W. S. Anderson, and SIAM DS 2015: Snowbird, Utah (17–21 May 2015); talk Cosyne 2015: Salt Lake City, Utah (5–8 Mar 2015); poster
  8. Singularly perturbed phase response curves , A. Franci, and SIAM DS 2013: Snowbird, Utah (19–23 May 2013); talk 32nd Benelux meeting on Systems and Control: Houffalize, Belgium (26–28 Mar 2013); talk
  9. Metrics for oscillator models: an input-to-phase approach and 31st Benelux meeting on Systems and Control: Heijen, The Netherlands (27–29 Mar 2012); talk
  10. Matching an oscillator model to a phase response curve: application to a simple model of circadian rhythm and IAP BioMAGNet study day: Brussels, Belgium (21 Mar 2011); poster
  11. Sensitivity analysis of phase response curves and SIAM DS 2011: Snowbird, Utah (22–26 May 2011); talk 30th Benelux meeting on Systems and Control: Lommel, Belgium (15–17 Mar 2011); talk
  12. Selection of circadian clock models for robust entrainment: an analysis based on the phase response curve , M. Hafner, H. Koeppl, and 29th Benelux meeting on Systems and Control: Heeze, The Netherlands (30 Mar – 1 Apr 2010); talk
  13. Robustness and entrainment of the Drosophila circadian clock: an analysis based on the phase response curve , M. Hafner, and IAP DYSCO study day: Leuven, Belgium (27 Nov 2009); poster IAP BioMAGNet study day: Ghent, Belgium (22 Oct 2009); poster
  14. On the influence of positive and negative feedback loops on the phase response curve of biological oscillators and Laboratory of Nonlinear Systems, EPFL: Lausanne, Switzerland (18 Jun 2009); invited talk 28th Benelux meeting on Systems and Control: Spa, Belgium (16–18 Mar 2009); talk

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Dissertations

  1. Systems analysis of oscillator models in the space of phase response curves PhD dissertation, University of Liège. Aug 2013 [orbi, pdf]
  2. Nonlinear dynamics of DNA: modeling of its denaturation Eng. Degree dissertation, University of Liège. Jun 2008 [orbi, abstract (in french)]

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Teaching

I am currently teaching:

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