In The News

Kristen Syrett, a professor in the Department of Linguistics and the Center for Cognitive Science has joined the SAS Office for Undergraduate Education as an Associate Dean


Kristen joined Rutgers in 2011, as a professor in the Department of Linguistics and the Center for Cognitive Science. An expert in the areas of language acquisition and psycholinguistics, Kristen is the director of the Rutgers Laboratory for Developmental Language Studies, where she and her students' study how humans acquire the meaning of words. She is a strong supporter of undergraduate research and a devoted mentor to her students. Kristen received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in linguistics with a specialization in cognitive science. She received a Rutgers University Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence in 2017. Kristen has held leadership positions both at Rutgers and in her field, including as undergraduate program director in the linguistics department and as co-director of the SAS-wide Language and Social Justice Initiative. Kristen has been on the front lines in the efforts to promote inclusive language and has been frequently quoted in the news, from Forbes to NPR. Please join us in thanking them for taking on these duties and responsibilities at this crucial time.

Elizabeth Torres, Rutgers' Professor's focus on Sensory-Motor Performance


Elizabeth Torres is a Rutgers' Professor and as well as part of Rutgers Center of Cognitive Sciences and Department of Psychology. Her area of focus is Cognitive Psychology. She received her PhD in Cognitive
Science in 2001 from the University of California, San Diego and did her Post-Doctoral training in electrophysiology at CALTECH. She has been on the faculty at Rutgers since 2008. Her research combines theory and experiments
to study how primates plan, execute, learn and adapt to natural voluntary motions. Torres recently extended computational measures of sensory-motor performance in adults to the developmental stages of pre-pubertal individuals. The main focus of the lab will assess a broad range of natural voluntary behaviors in children who
suffer from autism and other developmental disabilities. The main goal of this component of her research is to provide early intervention therapies to improve communication skills and social interactions in these young individuals. To learn more about this, check here.

Rutgers Graduate Students Have Team Work Project Published


Congratulations to Gwendolyn L. Rehrig, Michelle Cheng, Brian C. McMahan and Rahul Shome (two in Psychology; two in Computer Science) who, with funding from the Perceptual Science IGERT (NSF), worked
as a team on a project as part of the IGERT-created Interdisciplinary Methods in Perceptual Science course. Their project, published recently in the journal Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, used an innovative active visual search task combined with Bayesian ideal observer modeling to show that people
have limited ability to learn to override semantic priors when searching for common objects within visual
scenes. The students worked as a team on all phases of the project, from initial design through manuscript
submission and acceptance, with exceptional levels of coordination and cooperation, contributing different aspects to the project and learning from one another.

The full reference is Rehrig, G.L., Cheng, M., McMahan, B.C. & Shome, R. (2021) Why are the batteries in the microwave?: Use of semantic information under uncertainty in a search task. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implication, 6:32, 1-22 


RuCCS EC Member Konstantinos Michmizos to give keynote speech on Neuromorphic Computing and Neuro-Robotics at the 2021 IEEE International Conference

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Konstantinos Michmizos, RuCCS EC Member, will be giving the keynote speech on Neuromorphic Computing and Neuro-Robotics at the 2021 IEEE International Conference on Imaging Systems and Techniques (IST). The conference is to be held on August 24th-26th of this year in New York. The IEEE IST is the premier conference demonstrating frontier research results in imaging technologies, systems, and techniques. For more information on the conference, visit here.






RuCCS Affiliate Karin Stromswold selected as recipient of the 2019-2020 School of Arts and Sciences Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education

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Congratulations to Dr. Karin Stromswold, RuCCS Affiliate and Professor of Psychology, has been selected as a recipient of the 2019-2020 Rutgers School of Arts and Science Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education at the Professor rank! The awards for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education are given annually to professors and teaching assistants
in the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) to "recognize their outstanding achievements in and beyond
the classroom, their engagement with their students and pedagogic communities, and their overall commitment to the undergraduate education mission."