My name is Alex Hadjinicolaou and this is my corner of the internet.

As a neuroscientist, my current job is to work out how the brain encodes communicative intentions – the will to speak, for example. Since human thought is fluid and intentions can change at any time, my approach is to model intent as a hidden process whose dynamics can be inferred from spoken words. If we can capture intentions, then we can build more responsive brain-computer interfaces and improve the lives of those who depend on these devices.

When my fingers are not speaking MATLAB, I think about information security. We live in a world where massive data breaches happen all the time, but businesses have only recently begun to take our data privacy seriously. As a developer, I’m interested in learning more about secure software design, how to code defensively, and how to manage trust in applications.

You can reach out to me on LinkedIn, but email works too!

Recent Posts

Probability, the art of counting things

When probability talks, you hear set theory.

Threat detection with Atomic Red Team and Azure Sentinel

Finding hostile activity by setting MITRE ATT&CK tripwires.

Building an Active Directory lab with Proxmox

Are you the master of your domain?

issues.app (5): Database design

Defining the logical organization of an issue tracker’s data.

issues.app (4): Authentication

Doing it right with user sessions, password hashing and database storage.


Intent Decoder

Modeling speech intent from spoken words and decoding intent from brain activity

Selected Publications

Differential responses to high-frequency electrical stimulation in brisk-transient and delta retinal ganglion cells

High-frequency pulse trains can be used to bias neural activity towards different ganglion cell types, depending on the amplitude (and likely the rate) of pulses.

Frequency responses of rat retinal ganglion cells

An investigation of how retinal ganglion cell morphology can influence intracellular responses to repeated electrical stimulation.

Prosthetic vision: devices, patient outcomes and retinal research

An invited review of progress in the field of vision microprosthetics, with an emphasis on retinal research.

Optimizing the electrical stimulation of retinal ganglion cells

This work suggests that the right choice of electrical stimulus can significantly improve the ability of a retinal microprosthesis to activate the retina.

Electrical stimulation of retinal ganglion cells with diamond and the development of an all-diamond retinal prosthesis

My first publication sought to demonstrate the use of nitrogen-doped diamond as a viable material for use in a retinal microprosthesis.