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NRT Graduate Training Program in Sensory Science:
Optimizing the Information for Mind and Brain

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This new interdisciplinary graduate training program unites a fundamental understanding of basic sensory science (vision, audition, motor control, speech and language) with deep technical expertise in engineering, computer science, and other related fields. Their research will explore the development of effective assistive technologies for people with sensory deficits that have a major impact on an individual's quality of life.

The aim is for this program to serve up to 50 different Ph.D. students over five years, including six NSF-funded trainees per year from computer science, engineering, kinesiology, psychology, and speech-language-hearing disciplines via courses, research opportunities, professional development opportunities, internships in the medical-devices industry, and public outreach activities. Applicants for the NSF-funded fellowships must be US citizens or permanent residents, however the training program itself is open to applicants of any nationality. All applicants should be in the second or third year of their Ph.D. and pursuing interdisciplinary research applicable to the development of assistive technologies for people with sensory deficits.

Complete details on how to apply can be obtained from catss@umn.edu.

REQUIREMENTS FOR TRAINEES

  1. Co-Advisors
  2. Program of Courses
  3. Research Experience
  4. Industry Internships
  5. Group Activities
  6. Outreach

FACULTY

PI: Victoria Interrante, PhD
Director, Center for Cognitive Sciences
Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, College of Science and Engineering
(virtual reality, visualization, computer graphics)

Co-PI: Peggy Nelson, PhD
Executive Director, Center for Applied and Translational Sensory Science (CATSS)
Professor, Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, College of Liberal Arts
(speech perception, audition)

Co-PI: Gordon Legge, PhD
Scientific Co-Director, Center for Applied and Translational Sensory Science (CATSS)
Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts
(visual perception, low vision, vision technology)

Co-PI: Andrew Oxenham, PhD
Scientific Co-Director, Center for Applied and Translational Sensory Science (CATSS)
Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts
(auditory perception, hearing loss, cochlear implants)

SENIOR PERSONNEL:
     Juergen Konczak, PhD, Professor, School of Kinesiology, College of Education and Human Development (sensorimotor control, proprioception, haptics)
     Maria Gini, PhD, Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, College of Science and Engineering (artificial intelligence, robotics, machine learning)
     Hubert Lim, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Science and Engineering (auditory neuroscience, neural prostheses)
     Eric Newman, PhD, Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Medical School (retinal glial cells, glial-neuronal interaction, and vision)
     Dan Kersten, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts (visual perception)

EXTERNAL EVALUATOR:
     Barbara Shin-Cunningham, PhD, Director, Center for Computational Neuroscience and Neural Technology; Director, CELEST Science of Learning Center Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Boston University (auditory neuroscience)

 
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