$3M NSF Grant Awarded to Rutgers for the Development of Robots of the Future

The National Science Foundation awarded a $3M grant to Rutgers Researchers to help train graduate students to develop robots of the future for bettering the quality of life. The participants will be trained to incorporate technology, computer science, and machine learning with behavioral science such as psychology, cognitive science, and urban policy planning. This program will be focusing on semiautomated systems capable of performing daily life through the Robotics for Everyday Augmented Living (REAL) program. For more information regarding the grant, check here

Research grants awarded to Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences' Scholars to Study COVID-19

The research of COVID-19 and its impact has created a great opportunity for biomedical and social science researchers to be awarded by Rutgers University. This was announced by Rutgers University Center for COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness in early September. A total of 35 projects were selected from much larger applications of 150. Sara Pixley, Executive Director at RuCCS is also one of the recipients of the grants as the Co-Principal Investigator. More information regarding the research can be found here

Former Cognitive Science Club President, Cognitive Science and Computer Science Graduate, Yoni Friedman, found a major that stretched the boundaries of the human mind and its use

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Yoni graduated with the class of 2020 from the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University. He has always been intrigued by the consciousness of our mind as he states, "I’d look at pictures of the brain and think: how do you go from this mass of fat and chemicals to the ability of people to have these very different but equally rich experiences of the world?" Yoni is one of the best of the best as Sara Pixley, RuCCS' executive director says, "He made Rutgers a more cohesive place for many, including myself". 

Rutgers Alum and Scholar talks about the negative impact of "Brilliance" in the workplace due to Gender Bias

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Sarah-Jane Leslie is a Rutgers graduate, who triple majored in Mathematics, Philosophy, and Cognitive Science. Now she is the Dean of Graduate School and a Philosophy professor at Princeton University. Sarah's research is based on gender bias women face in the workplace, as she states, "Some fields tend to prize dedication, hard work, and building up your skills. Others tend to focus on whether someone is really smart. Are they brilliant? Do they have ‘it'?”. She says, "The study noted how “brilliance” is often associated with men, due to deeply ingrained cultural stereotypes". Check more information regarding the research here

RuCCS Affiliate, Victoria Abraira receives a National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke KO1 for 1.22 Million over 5 years

A new technological framework for uncovering the neural systems important for recovery after spinal cord injury.


Abstract: Interventions that increase plasticity and regeneration after spinal cord injury (SCI) are improving, but little is known about the neural systems that would be most effective to target such interventions. Our work both identifies the neural cell types and synaptic mechanisms that would be most effective to target such interventions and establishes an artificial intelligence (AI)-based platform for fast, reliable and unbiased quantification of motor recovery. Our experimental scrutiny at both the neural and behavioral levels establishes a critical foundation for developing a prominent research program studying the spinal cord circuits important for sensorimotor function and recovery following SCI.


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