Dr Sean Fitzgibbon

Position/s:Vice Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Flinders Medical Science and Technology AU
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Location: Flinders Medical Centre (4D:328)
Postal address: GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Biography

Sean completed a Bachelor of Science with a major in Cognitive Science and Honours in Neuroscience.  This was followed by PhD examining machine learning approaches to brain computer interfacing.  He is currently a Vice-Chancelors Postdoctoral Research Fellow investigating binding of large-scale cortical networks for cognition in humans.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Flinders University (2007)
  • BSc. (Hons), Flinders University (2001)

Honours, awards and grants

  •   Vice Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2013-2016)

Research and supervision

Research expertise

  • Cognitive science
  • Neurosciences

Research interests

  • Functional/effective connectivity
  • Neuroengineering
  • Biological signal processing
  • Neuroimaging

Supervisory interests

  • Biomedical analysis, EEG, CT, MRI, ICA
  • Biomedical signal processing
  • Functional/effective connectivity
  • Neuro-imaging

RHD research supervision

Current

Associate supervisor: PhD (1); Masters of Engineering (1);

Completion

Associate supervisor: 4th Year Engineering Project (2); Honours in Medicine (1);

Publications

Refereed journal articles
  • Fitzgibbon, S.P., Lewis, T., Powers, D., Whitham, E., Willoughby, J. and Pope, K. (2013). Surface Laplacian of Central Scalp Electrical Signals is Insensitive to Muscle Contamination. IEEE Transactions On Biomedical Engineering, 60(1) pp. 4-9. [10.1109/TBME.2012.2195662]
  • Whitham, E., Fitzgibbon, S.P., Lewis, T., Pope, K., DeLosAngeles, D., Clark, C., et al. (2011). Visual experiences during paralysis. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 5(160) [10.3389/fnhum.2011.00160]
  • Pope, K., Fitzgibbon, S.P., Lewis, T.W., Whitham, E.M. and Willoughby, J.O. (2009). Relation of gamma oscillations in scalp recordings to muscular activity. Brain Topography, 22(1) pp. 13-17. [doi:10.1007/s10548-009-0081-x]
  • Whitham, E.M., Lewis, T.W., Pope, K., Fitzgibbon, S.P., Clark, C.R., Loveless, S.J., et al. (2008). Thinking activates EMG in scalp electrical recordings. Clinical Neurophysiology, 119 pp. 1166-1175. [Link]
  • Fitzgibbon, S.P., Powers, D.M., Pope, K. and Clark, C.R. (2007). Removal of EEG Noise and Artifact Using Blind Source Separation. Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology, 24(3) pp. 232-243. [doi:10.1097/WNP.0b013e3180556926]
  • Whitham, E.M., Pope, K., Fitzgibbon, S.P., Lewis, T.W., Clark, C.R., Loveless, S.J., et al. (2007). Scalp electrical recording during paralysis: Quantitative evidence that EEG frequencies above 20 Hz are contaminated by EMG. Clinical Neurophysiology, 118(8) pp. 1877-1888. [doi:10.1016/j.clinph.2007.04.027]
  • Fitzgibbon, S.P., Pope, K., Mackenzie, L., Clark, C.R. and Willoughby, J.O. (2004). Cognitive tasks augment gamma EEG power. Clinical Neurophysiology, 115(8) pp. 1802-1809. [doi:10.1016/j.clinph.2004.03.009]
  • Moores, K.A., Clark, C.R., Hadfield, J.L.M., Brown, G., Taylor, J., Fitzgibbon, S.P., et al. (2003). Investigating the generators of the scalp recorded visuo-verbal P300 using cortically constrained source localization. Human Brain Mapping, 18(1) pp. 53-77. [doi:10.1002/hbm.10073]
  • Willoughby, J.O., Fitzgibbon, S.P., Pope, K., Mackenzie, L., Davey, M.P., Wilcox, R.A., et al. (2003). Mental tasks induce Gamma EEG with reduced responsiveness in primary generalized epilepsies. Epilepsia, 44(11) pp. 1406-1412. [doi:10.1046/j.1528-1157.2003.20103.x]
  • Willoughby, J.O., Fitzgibbon, S.P., Pope, K., Mackenzie, L., Medvedev, A., Clark, C.R., et al. (2003). Persistent abnormality detected in the non-ictal electroencephalogram in primary generalised epilepsy. Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 74(1) pp. 51-55. [doi:10.1136/jnnp.74.1.51]

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Refereed journal articles
  • Hunfeld, M., Pope, K., Fitzgibbon, S., Willoughby, J. and Broberg, I. (2013). Effects of anesthetic agents on seizure-induction with intra-cortical injection of convulsants. Epilepsy Research, 105(1-2) pp. 52-61. [10.1016/j.eplepsyres.2012.12.009]
  • Fitzgibbon, S.P., Lewis, T., Powers, D., Whitham, E., Willoughby, J. and Pope, K. (2013). Surface Laplacian of Central Scalp Electrical Signals is Insensitive to Muscle Contamination. IEEE Transactions On Biomedical Engineering, 60(1) pp. 4-9. [10.1109/TBME.2012.2195662]
  • Whitham, E., Fitzgibbon, S.P., Lewis, T., Pope, K., DeLosAngeles, D., Clark, C., et al. (2011). Visual experiences during paralysis. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 5(160) [10.3389/fnhum.2011.00160]
  • Pope, K., Fitzgibbon, S.P., Lewis, T.W., Whitham, E.M. and Willoughby, J.O. (2009). Relation of gamma oscillations in scalp recordings to muscular activity. Brain Topography, 22(1) pp. 13-17. [doi:10.1007/s10548-009-0081-x]
  • Whitham, E.M., Lewis, T.W., Pope, K., Fitzgibbon, S.P., Clark, C.R., Loveless, S.J., et al. (2008). Thinking activates EMG in scalp electrical recordings. Clinical Neurophysiology, 119 pp. 1166-1175. [Link]
  • Fitzgibbon, S.P., Powers, D.M., Pope, K. and Clark, C.R. (2007). Removal of EEG Noise and Artifact Using Blind Source Separation. Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology, 24(3) pp. 232-243. [doi:10.1097/WNP.0b013e3180556926]
  • Whitham, E.M., Pope, K., Fitzgibbon, S.P., Lewis, T.W., Clark, C.R., Loveless, S.J., et al. (2007). Scalp electrical recording during paralysis: Quantitative evidence that EEG frequencies above 20 Hz are contaminated by EMG. Clinical Neurophysiology, 118(8) pp. 1877-1888. [doi:10.1016/j.clinph.2007.04.027]
  • Fitzgibbon, S.P., Pope, K., Mackenzie, L., Clark, C.R. and Willoughby, J.O. (2004). Cognitive tasks augment gamma EEG power. Clinical Neurophysiology, 115(8) pp. 1802-1809. [doi:10.1016/j.clinph.2004.03.009]
  • Moores, K.A., Clark, C.R., Hadfield, J.L.M., Brown, G., Taylor, J., Fitzgibbon, S.P., et al. (2003). Investigating the generators of the scalp recorded visuo-verbal P300 using cortically constrained source localization. Human Brain Mapping, 18(1) pp. 53-77. [doi:10.1002/hbm.10073]
  • Willoughby, J.O., Fitzgibbon, S.P., Pope, K., Mackenzie, L., Davey, M.P., Wilcox, R.A., et al. (2003). Mental tasks induce Gamma EEG with reduced responsiveness in primary generalized epilepsies. Epilepsia, 44(11) pp. 1406-1412. [doi:10.1046/j.1528-1157.2003.20103.x]
  • Willoughby, J.O., Fitzgibbon, S.P., Pope, K., Mackenzie, L., Medvedev, A., Clark, C.R., et al. (2003). Persistent abnormality detected in the non-ictal electroencephalogram in primary generalised epilepsy. Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 74(1) pp. 51-55. [doi:10.1136/jnnp.74.1.51]
  • Moores, K.A., Clark, C.R., Hadfield, J.L.M., Brown, G., Taylor, D.J., Fitzgibbon, S.P., et al. (2002). Investigating the generators of the scalp recorded visuo-verbal P300 using cortically constrained source localization. Human Brain Mapping, 18(1) pp. 53-77. [doi:10.1002/hbm.10073]
  • Clark, C.R., Moores, K.A., Lewis, A., Weber, D.L., Fitzgibbon, S.P., Greenblatt, R., et al. (2001). Cortical Network Dynamics During Verbal Working Memory Function. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 42(2) pp. 161-176. [doi:10.1016/S0167-8760(01)00164-7]
Book chapters
  • Atyabi, A., Luerssen, M., Fitzgibbon, S. and Powers, D. (2012). The use of Evolutionary Algorithm-based methods in EEG based BCI systems. In G Fornarelli & L Mescia, ed. Swarm Intelligence for Electric and Electronic Engineering. Hershey, USA: IGI Global, pp. 326-344. [10.4018/978-1-4666-2666-9.ch016]
Refereed conference papers
  • Lewis, T.W., Luerssen, M., Fitzgibbon, S. and Powers, D. (2012). Audio Visual Speaker Association for Embodied Conversational Agents. In F Cox, K Demuth, S Lin, K Miles, S Palethrope, J Shaw & I Yuen, ed. Proceedings of the 14th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology. Canberra, ACT: ASSTA. 14th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology. Sydney, NSW. Dec 2012, pp. 121-124. [Link]
  • Cottrell, J.M., Fitzgibbon, S., Lewis, T. and Powers, D.M. (2012). Investigating a Gaze-Tracking Brain Computer Interface Concept Using Steady State Visually Evoked Potentials. In Spring World Congress on Engineering and Technology: Proceedings. New York, USA: IEEE. SCET2012. Xi'an, China. May 2012. [10.1109/SCET.2012.6341890]
  • Atyabi, A., Luerssen, M., Fitzgibbon, S. and Powers, D. (2012). The Impact of PSO based Dimension Reduction on EEG classification. In FM Zanzotto, S Tsumoto, N Taatgen & Y Yao, ed. Brain Informatics International Conference Proceedings. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. Brain Informatics 2012. Macau, China. Dec 2012, pp. 220-231. [10.1007/978-3-642-35139-6_21]
  • Atyabi, A., Luerssen, M., Fitzgibbon, S. and Powers, D. (2012). Dimension Reduction in EEG Data using Particle Swarm Optimization. In A Abbass, D Essam & R Sarker, ed. Proceedings of the IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation. New York, USA: IEEE. IEEE CEC 2012. Brisbane, QLD. Jul 2012. [10.1109/CEC.2012.6256487]
  • Atyabi, A., Luerssen, M., Fitzgibbon, S. and Powers, D. (2012). Adapting Subject-Independent Task-Specific EEG Feature Masks using PSO. In A Abbass, D Essam & R Sarker, ed. Proceedings of the IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation. New York, USA: IEEE. IEEE CEC 2012. Brisbane, QLD. Jul 2012. [10.1109/CEC.2012.6256488]
  • Atyabi, A., Fitzgibbon, S. and Powers, D. (2012). Multiplication of EEG samples through Replicating, Biasing, and Overlapping. In FM Zanzotto, S Tsumoto, N Taatgen & Y Yao, ed. Brain Informatics International Conference Proceedings. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. Brain Informatics 2012. Macau, China. Dec 2012, pp. 209-219. [10.1007/978-3-642-35139-6_20]
  • Atyabi, A., Fitzgibbon, S. and Powers, D. (2012). Biasing the Overlapping and Non-Overlapping Sub-Windows of EEG recording. In A Abbass, D Essam & R Sarker, ed. Proceedings of the 2012 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks. New York, USA: IEEE. IJCNN2012. Brisbane, QLD. Jul 2012. [10.1109/IJCNN.2012.6252465]
  • Atyabi, A., Luerssen, M., Fitzgibbon, S. and Powers, D. (2012). Evolutionary feature selection and electrode reduction for EEG classification. In A Abbass, D Essam & R Sarker, ed. Proceedings of the IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation. New York, USA: IEEE. IEEE CEC 2012. Brisbane, QLD. Jul 2012. [10.1109/CEC.2012.6256130]
  • Atyabi, A., Fitzgibbon, S.P. and Powers, D. (2011). Multiplying the Mileage of Your Dataset with Subwindowing. In Hu, Bin and Liu, Jiming and Chen, Lin and Zhong, Ning, ed. Lecture Notes in Computer Sciences, Vol 6889. Springer. Brain Informatics 2011. Lanzhou, China. Sep 2011, pp. 173-184. [10.1007/978-3-642-23605-1_19]
  • Yazdani, N., Khazab, F., Fitzgibbon, S.P., Luerssen, M.H., Powers, D.M. and Clark, C.R. (2010). Towards a Brain-Controlled Wheelchair Prototype. In Proceedings of the 24th BCS International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. New York, USA: ACM Press. HCI 2010: British Computer Society Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. Dundee, Scotland, UK. Sep 2010.
Conference publications
  • Mitchell, P., Wilkinson, B.G. and Fitzgibbon, S. (2013). Evaluating brain signal input for Kinect-based games. Interactive Technologies and Games Conference (iTAG) Oct 2013.
  • Whitham, E.M., Fitzgibbon, S.P., DeLosAngeles, D., Lewis, T.W., Pope, K., Clark, C.R., et al. (2009). Experiences during paralysis : vision and humour. In Australian Neuroscience Society Inc. 29th Annual Meeting. Australian Neuroscience Society Inc. 29th Annual Meeting. Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. Jan 2009.
  • Fitzgibbon, S.P., Clark, C.R. and Powers, D.M. (2008). Asynchronous brain computer interface operation. In 2008 Defence Human Sciences Symposium. 2008 Defence Human Sciences Symposium. Edinburgh, South Australia. Oct 2008.
  • Witham, E., Pope, K., Fitzgibbon, S.P., Lewis, T.W., Clark, C.R., Loveless, S.J., et al. (2007). Scalp EEG during paralysis: augmented gamma activity can be detected during cognitive processing. In Proceedings of the Scientific Meeting of the International Brain Research Organisation. Scientific Meeting of the International Brain Research Organisation, Melbourne. Melbourne, VIC. Jul 2007.
  • Smith, D., Williams, G., Burston, J.M., Pope, K., Clark, C.R., Loveless, S.J., et al. (2007). Electroencephalographic changes during states of Buddhist concentrative meditation. In Proceedings of the Scientific Meeting of the Internationall Brain Research Organisation. Scientific Meeting of the Internal Brain Research Organisation. Jul 2007.
  • Powers, D.M., Fitzgibbon, S.P. and Clark, C.R. (2007). Brain Computer Interface. In Proceedings of the Joint HCSNet/HxI Workshop on Human Issues in Interaction and Interactive Interfaces. Sydney, NSW: HCSNet. Joint HCSNet-HxI Workshop on Human Issues in Interaction and Interactive Interfaces. Sydney, NSW. Sep 2007. [Link]
  • Willoughby, J.O., Broberg, I.M., Pope, K., Wallace, A.K., Witham, E., Fitzgibbon, S.P., et al. (2007). EEG Gamma and other rhythms and astrocyte swelling: pathways to seizures. In Proceedings of the 6th Asian & Oceanian Epilepsy Congress. Neurology Asia. 6th Asian & Oceanian Epilepsy Congress. Singapore.
  • Whitham, E.M., Fitzgibbon, S.P., Pope, K., Loveless, S.J., Clark, C.R., Frasca, J., et al. (2006). Mental tasks reproducibility induce gamma frequency EEG rhythms in normals. In Australian Association of Neurologists Annual Scientific Meeting 2006. Australian Association of Neurologists Annual Scientific Meeting 2006. Canberra, ACT. May 2006.
  • Willoughby, J.O., Broberg, I.M., Pope, K., Wallace, A.K., Whitham, E.M., Loveless, S.J., et al. (2006). Gamma band involvement in animal models and humans with generalized epilepsies. In Clinical EEG and Neuroscience : proceedings abstracts. ECNS and ISNIP Joint Meeting 2006. Munich, Germany. Sep 2006, pp. 266-266.
  • Whitham, E.M., Broberg, I.M., Pope, K., Fitzgibbon, S.P., Lewis, T.W., Loveless, S.J., et al. (2006). Migraine and epilepsy: support for a pathophysiological link. In 21st Annual Scientific Meeting of the Epilepsy Society of Australia. 21st Annual Scientific Meeting of the Epilepsy Society of Australia. Melbourne, VIC. Oct 2006.
  • Fitzgibbon, S.P., Pope, K., Mackenzie, L., Clark, C.R. and Willoughby, J.O. (2004). Cognitive tasks augment gamma EEG power. In PROCEEDINGS OF THE AUSTRALIAN NEUROSCIENCE SOCIETY. AUST: AUST NEUROSCIENCE SOCIETY INC. 24th Annual Meeting ANS.
  • Whitham, E.M., Pope, K.J., Fitzgibbon, S.P., Frasca, J., Willoughby, J.O., Mitchell, C., et al. (2003). Spectral analysis of pre-epileptic EEG: involvement of gamma (Abstract) In Epilepsy Society of Australia, ed. Epilepsy Society of Australia, Annual Scientific Meeting. Epilepsy Society of Australia, Annual Scientific Meeting. Auckland, New Zealand. Nov 2003, pp. 16.

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