Emotient Receives Most Innovative New Product Award

TDLC's Javier Movellan and Marian Stewart Bartlett are the company co-founders

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President Obama announces BRAIN Initiative

TDLC co-Director Terry Sejnowski attends launch; UC San Diego, 'Mesa' colleagues and private-public partners to play key roles

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TDLC featured in U.S. News & World Report

How the Brain Learns: Researchers study timing, sensory systems, how regions connect (February 24, 2012)

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TDLC researchers develop game for children with autism

The groundbreaking video game was created by researchers at UVic and UCSD using LFI! and CERT

  • Computer Software Accurately Predicts Student Test Performance
    (UC San Diego News Center, April 15, 2014)
    This article describes technology that "uses facial expression recognition to detect how engaged students are during a class and to predict how well they will do in that class." Featured TDLC researchers include Drs. Jacob Whitehill, Javier Movellan, and Zewelanji Serpell (as well as discussion of Emotient and the Machine Perception Lab at UC San Diego). More

  • Stephanie Alfonso, a former Amgen Scholar from Andrea Chiba's lab, has published a first-author paper! Read the paper
    More about the Amgen Scholar Program

  • Extreme Memory Tournament in San Diego on April 26-27:
    The world’s top 16 memory athletes will be competing for $60K in prize money(TDLC Funder Sponsored Event). Find out more!

  • TDLC News - April 2014 is now available!

  • RUBI and Emotient featured on KPBS:
    KPBS: Rubi and Emotient

    When Computers
    Can Read You
    Like A Book

    (April 9, 2014)

  • Eliciting brain plasticity to keep the body moving
    Engineers think 'out of the box' to help solve motor control issues for Parkinson's patients and others (Science Nation, March 31, 2014)
    TDLC is featured in the National Science Foundation (NSF) online magazine, Science Nation, which describes Gert Cauwengerghs' NSF grant 'Emerging Frontiers in Research Innovation (EFRI)' and highlights the Motion Capture-Brain Dynamics Lab.

  • TDLC All-Hands Meeting 2014 Videos Are Now Available!

  • Computer Accurately Detects Pain (U-T San Diego, March 20, 2014)
    A study by researchers at UC San Diego and the University of Toronto has found that a computer system spots real or faked expressions of pain more accurately than people can. TDLC's Marni Bartlett is lead author of the paper titled "Automatic Decoding of Deceptive Pain Expressions,” published in the latest issue of Current Biology. More
    Another related article: Computers Spot False Faces Better Than People (UC San Diego News Center, March 20, 2014)

  • UC San Diego Start-Up Emotient Shows the Face of New Technology
    (UC San Diego News Center, March 12, 2014)

  • Mike MozerUpcoming Event:
    "Approaching Twenty Years of Knowledge Tracing" Workshop
    In conjunction with The 7th International Conference on Educational Data Mining, July 4, 2014 - July 7, 2014, Institute of Education, London, UK
    Co-organized by TDLC's Mike Mozer. More

  • Put Down That Cellphone! Study Finds Parents Distracted by Devices
    (NBC News Health/Parenting, March 9, 2014)
    TDLC's Gedeon Deák is interviewed in the article, which discusses the topic of parents using mobile devices around their children.

  • This Google Glass App Will Detect Your Emotions, Then Relay Them Back To Retailers (March 6, 2014)
    Facial recognition company Emotient will open a private beta for a Google Glass app that detects users' emotions in real time. (TDLC's Marian Bartlett and Javier Movellan are co-founders and lead researchers for Emotient). More

  • TEN Brain Awareness Week Presentation
    March 13, 2014, 4:00-6:30 p.m.
    TDLC's The Educator Network Presents:  Making Your Brain Mind: An Owner's Manual (Featured Speaker, Dr. David Daniel).
    Live Presentation/Webinar, followed by a panel discussion of area high school students and UC San Diego students. Reception & Refreshments to Follow. More info... 

  • New TDLC Publication in Nature Communications:
    Temporally selective contextual encoding in the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus
    L.M. Rangel, A.S. Alexander, J.B. Aimone, J. Wiles, F.H. Gage, A.A. Chiba & L.K. Quinn
    Click here for online version or PDF

    Marlene Behrmann
  • Behrmann studies how brain works with one hemisphere
    (CMU The Tartan Online, Feb. 9, 2014 )
    TDLC's Marlene Behrmann discusses brain plasticity — the ability of the brain to change and adapt its structure and function. She believes that an understanding of brain plasticity could have a substantial influence on the way the brain is viewed. "Contrary to received wisdom, the brain is really a pretty flexible machine," Behrmann said. "There may be ways to optimize brain function, both in normal individuals and individuals with some kind of abnormality." More

    Mike Mozer
  • New Publication by TDLC's Mike Mozer, Doctoral candidate Rob Lindsey, and DEAP member and middle-school teacher Jeff Shroyer:
    CU-built software uses big data to battle forgetting with personalized content review
    (Univ. of Colorado Boulder News, Jan. 21, 2014)

    According to a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder, computer-based individualized study schedules can help students remember what they have studied. TDLC's Mike Mozer is senior author of the study, published in the journal Psychological Science. Another related article about their study: Students remember more with personalized review, even after classes end (Jan. 21, 2014).

  • The International Mind Brain Education Society (IMBES) has announced a call for nominations for three new awards in the field of Mind, Brain and Education. The deadline is quickly approaching - February 21, 2014. More

  • Marni BartlettTDLC'S Marni Bartlett in the news:
    Facial-Recognition Tech Can Read Your Emotions
    (LiveScience, 1/30/14)
    Innovator Talks about Getting University Work into Business

    (The San Diego Union Tribune, 1/27/14)
    Read an Interview with Marian Bartlett, co-founder and lead researcher for Emotient, winner of Connect's 2013 Most Innovative New Products Award in the software category for FACET. More

  • TDLC Investigators in Recent News:
    Meet the Man Google Hired to Make AI a Reality (WIRED, Jan. 16, 2014)
    Terry Sejnowski is mentioned in relation to the BRAIN Initiative and his 1985 co-invention
    (with Geoffrey Hinton) of the Boltzmann machine, one of the earliest neural nets.
    2014 : What Scientific Idea is Ready for Retirement
    (EDGE, Jan. 15, 2014)
    Contributor: Terry Sejnowski, discussing Grandmother Cells
    The future of shopping: When psychology and emotion meet analytics
    Marian Bartlett is featured (ZDNet, Jan. 15, 2014)

  • Opportunity for Students:
    Nengo Summer School, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. More

    Javier Movellan
  • Javier Movellan Featured in the Union Tribune (Jan. 6, 2014)
    Five Top Innovators of 2013 Share Their "Aha" Moments
    TDLC's Dr. Movellan is co-founder and lead researcher at Emotient, a company that "translates facial expressions into actionable information, enabling companies to create new levels of customer engagement."
    Read the article

  • Fred GageSalk Scientist Fred Gage named to National Academy of Inventors (Dec. 12, 2013)
    NAI Fellows are nominated by their peers, and "are honored for having demonstrated 'a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions and innovations that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.'" More

  • Emotient Connect award 2013TDLC investigators Javier Movellan and Marian Stewart Bartlett are co-founders of Emotient, a company that recently received the Most Innovative New Product (MIP) Award in the Software category at the 2013 CONNECT MIP Awards .(Dec. 6, 2013). More

  • Recent Event: Crick-Jacobs Symposium - Transgenic Models of the Human Brain
    This event, held on Dec. 19, 2013, in the Frederic de Hoffmann Auditorium at the Salk Institute, was organized by Terrence J. Sejnowski and John H. Reynolds. More info

  • TDLC News - December July 2013 is now available!

  • sfn TDLC at the 43rd annual meeting of
    the Society for Neuroscience (SfN)

    The Annual SfN Neuroscience Meeting is the largest neuroscience meeting in the nation. Over 30,000 colleagues from more than 80 countries gather to discuss global neuroscience. Many TDLC investigators and trainees attended this year's event in San Diego on November 9-13, 2013. More

  • The International Mind Brain Education Society (IMBES) has announced a call for nominations for three new awards in the field of Mind, Brain and Education:
    1. The Mind Brain and Education Society Early Career Award
    2. IMBESThe Mind Brain and Education Society Translation Award
    3. Award for 'Exemplifying the Mission of the International Mind, Brain and Education Society'.

    The selected nominee for each of the awards will receive a $2,000 stipend. More

  • Study finds a patchwork of genetic variation in the brain
    SalkTDLC Investigator Fred Gage was part of a research team at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies that used single-cell sequencing to show that "the genomic structures of individual neurons differ from each other even more than expected." Dr. Gage explains, "Contrary to what we once thought, the genetic makeup of neurons in the brain aren't identical, but are made up of a patchwork of DNA," The findings were published Nov. 1 in Science. More

  • Recent Publications by Gedeon Deak and TDLC Trainees
    Gedeon DeakSeveral recent publications from the Cognitive Development Lab at UCSD, directed by investigator Gedeon Deak, were co-authored by TDLC trainees Kaya de Barbaro and Marybel Robledo. The papers describe findings and methods relating infants' temporal processing of social and non-social information to the development of language and communication skills. More

  • Upcoming Event: Learning to Attend, Attending to Learn: Neurological, Behavioral, and Computational Perspectives
    This event, to be held in San Diego, CA, on Nov. 6-7, 2013, will feature top researchers trying to understand the relation between attention and learning. TDLC investigator Gedeon Deak, with colleagues from Univ. of Rochester and Univ. of Londen, are co-organizing the event. Learn more 

  • Howard PoiznerA study by TDLC's Howard Poizner and colleagues will be featured on the cover of Neuroscience (Dec 16th issue): Patients with Parkinson's disease show impaired online control and reduced eye-hand span when reaching to grasp objects (Neuroscience, 2013, 254, 205-221). Authors: Lukos, J., Hernandez, M., Tunik, E., Hillyard, S., and Poizner, H.

  • Javier Movellan TDLC Investigator and Emotient Co-Founder Dr. Javier Movellan Featured In New York Times (Oct. 14, 2013)
    An article in The New York Times, "The Rapid Advance of Artificial Intelligence ," features Dr. Javier Movellan, discussing the future of emotion aware computing. 

  • Terrence SejnowskiTerry Sejnowski featured in recent articles on the BRAIN Initiative:
    A public hearing, "A Mindful Approach to the BRAIN Initiative," was held Oct. 4, 2013, at UC San Diego, to explore the state's role in supporting the BRAIN Initiative, first unveiled by the Obama Administration in April 2013. TDLC's Dr. Terry Sejnowski attended the event, along with Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett, Ralph Greenspan (head of the recently established Center for Brain Activity Mapping (CBAM)), and UCSD Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. More 
    National Neuroscience Effort Zooms In On Brain Circuits (KPBS, Sept. 17, 2013)
    The article also links to the nine broad research priorities of the U.S. brain-mapping initiative, made by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), which were released on Sept. 16, 2013.
     Accelerating Brain Research with Supercomputers  (August 5, 2013, HPC Wire) 
     Decoded: How brain remains focused on long-term goals  (August 5, 2013, FirstPost)

  • SIMPHONY Project in the News!
    John Iversen"Neuroscientists at UC San Diego are studying the impact of intense music ensemble training on the brain development of underserved children in the Chula Vista school district. Specifically, they want to better understand how music influences neural connections in the brain. The five-year project, called SIMPHONY (Studying the Influence Music Practice has On Neurodevelopment in Youth), is directed by TDLC's John Iversen of the Institute for Neural Computation in close collaboration with Terry Jernigan, director of the Center for Human Development." (taken from UCSD News) More

  • Javier Movellan Featured In New York Times(Oct. 14, 20130
    An article in The New York Times, "The Rapid Advance of Artificial Intelligence ," features TDLC's Dr. Javier Movellan, discussing the future of emotion aware computing. 

    Marlene Behrmann
  • TSA may have the perfect job for autistic workers
    Study: High-functioning autistic people could excel at certain tasks
    (Oct. 9, 2013, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
    TDLC investigator Marlene Behmrann was senior author of a study published by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Minnesota. The study found that high-functioning autistic men "were just as accurate and almost as fast as non-autistic people in finding weapons in X-ray images of baggage. More important, their performance improved as time went on, particularly in correctly identifying bags that had no weapons."

  • Preterm Babies at Risk for Later Cognitive Difficulties
    A $3 million NIH grant was recently awarded to researchers at UC San Diego to study the impact of preterm birth on early cognitive development and academic measures. TDLC investigators Terry Jernigan, Tim Brown and Judy Reilly are part of this multidisciplinary team of investigators. They will utilize MRI imaging techniques to study links between affected brain areas and pathways and levels of performance on a set of neurocognitive and math functions. More

  • Poizner LabPoizner Lab Receives Grant from ONR (Sept. 2013)
    Howard Poizner recently received an equipment grant ($500k) from ONR, entitled, 'Hybrid Optical-Electrical Brain Imaging of Multiple Agents Acting in Dynamic Environments.'  The grant will enable the Poizner Lab/Brain Dynamics-Motion Capture Lab to extend their capabilities in simultaneously recording brain activity and movement in complex environments.
    More about the Poizner Lab//Brain Dynamics-Motion Capture Lab


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