Graduate Research

The lab accepts graduate students working in many fields of study including Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, and Psychology (as well as others). If you are interested in graduate research involving any of the projects listed on our lab webpage, contact Ernst Niebur to set up an appointment.
Undergraduate Research

The following is a list of research positions open in the Computational Neuroscience Lab at the Mind/Brain Institute. Most projects range in duration from 1 to 2 semesters for which research credit can be obtained in a Major or Minor department. Especially qualified students may qualify for financial support. Research participation requires 10 hours per week of work (very flexible hours) for 3 credits per semester. To inquire further about these projects email the contact person for each project to setup an interview. We welcome students for summer internships as well.

1) Title: Video Compression Using Visual Attention
This project would involve utilizing models of human perception to enhance video compression algorithms. The student would modify an MPEG-4 codec to code video streams in variable resolution. The project would last from 1 to 2 semesters and could potentially serve as a senior thesis project.
Preferred Area of Study: Engineering, Computer Science, Cognitive Science or Psychology
Preferred Skills: Digital signal processing experience (520.435), C/C++ programming skills, Video compression experience, MPEG-4 experience, Unix experience
Contact: Derrick Parkhurst

2) Title: Variable Resolution in Virtual Reality
This project would involve many aspects of designing and testing an applied virtual reality system. The student could work on graphics modeling, graphics programming, experimental testing with human subjects, or data analysis. The student would become familiar with eye tracking methodologies. The project would last from 1 to 2 semesters.
Preferred Area of Study: Psychology, Cognitive Science or Computer Science
Preferred Skills: C/C++ programming skills, Virtual reality or gaming experience, VR modeling skills
Contact: Derrick Parkhurst

3) Title: Internet Psychology Experiments
This project would involve behavioral testing of human participants over the Internet. The student will develop and conduct psychology experiments using Java and CGI scripts. The student will analyze the data once collected. The project would last from 1 to 2 semesters and could serve as a senior thesis.
Preferred Area of Study: Psychology, Cognitive Science or Computer Science
Preferred Skills: MS Windows and Unix experience, HTML, Java and Perl programming experience, and statistics experience (550.111/112)
Contact: Derrick Parkhurst


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