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Machine Perception Lab, UCSD

The goal of the MPLab is to gain insights into how the brain works by developing systems that perceive and interact with humans in real time using natural communication channels. To this effect we are developing perceptual primitives to detect and track human faces and to recognize facial expressions. We are also developing algorithms for robots that develop and learn to interact with people on their own. Applications include personal robots, perceptive tutoring systems, and system for clinical assessment, monitoring, and intervention.

 Cognitive Development Lab, UCSD
Gedeon Deak, PI

The Cognitive Development Laboratory at the University of Califironia, San Diego, is composed of faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and research assistants who share an interest in studying cognitive and language development in infants and preschool children. Some current projects include: how babies and parents share interest and attention – an effort to increase our understanding of how new attention-sharing skills and behaviors can be acquired, how young children learn words, facts, and symbols, and how children develop the ability to "switch gears" - flexible cognition describes our abilities to adapt to new or unpredictable situations by altering our representations, problem-solving strategies, or patterns of information-seeking.

 Center for Human Development at UC San Diego
Terry Jernigan, Director

Paula Tallal, Senior Research Scientist

The Center for Human Development is constituted as an organized research unit of the University of California, San Diego. The CHD provides core resources for the community of scholars and investigators throughout the university with research interests in human development, broadly defined. Among the resources available are testing and meeting facilities, administrative and research offices, a centralized web-accessible database and participant registry, pre- and post-award support for contracts and grants, and core support for clinical behavioral assessments, neuroimaging and neurophysiological studies, and statistical and computational modeling. In addition to its research activities, the CHD sponsors and supports seminars and workshops to promote intellectual exchange among developmental scholars, and it contributes to the education of undergraduates, graduates, and postdoctoral fellows with interests in developmental sciences.


 Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience, UCSD
Scott Makeig, PI

The goal of the Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience is to observe and model how functional activities in multiple brain areas interact dynamically to support human awareness, interaction and creativity.