Know something about our team
At the Machine Perception and Cognitive Robotic Lab we are dedicated to applying, creating, and merging cutting edge technology across all disciplines. We are equally centered in the generation of high-impact STEM projects and investing in students from all levels to equip as many researchers as possible with the latest computational advancements. MPCR is an unconventional lab that is built from the ground up. Projects are the students’ creation, which results in a highly interdisciplinary, and community engaged lab. It is not uncommon for high school students hoping to major in neuroscience or mathematics to work alongside and as equals with Ph.D. candidates in Complex Systems, Mathematics, and Psychology.
We are located in The Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science at Florida Atlantic University, but we welcome students from every discipline. Being integrated in the College of Science allows us to offer a variety of degrees to students and to collaborate with faculty from departments aross our university and across the world. We aim to be the Center for Deep Learning at FAU, in South Florida, and on a global stage.
From its foundation, MPCR has been invested in Deep Neural Networks (DNNs). What began as using these brain-inspired models to investigate rain-like behavior has evolved into contributions both to the science and the applications of Deep Learning. Our Core Research Team has developed computationally sophisticated algorithms, developed novel data pipelines, and continues to push non-data science fields to adopt this powerful analysis tool. Our work has been presented at a Neuro Inspired Computational Elements Workshop, Nvidia's GPU Technology Conferences (GTC), and an International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition.
Education and Community Engagement
MPCR has an open-door policy and the process to become involved is very unstructured and informal. We want there to be as few obstacles for passionate students to join us as possible. We welcome students of all ages and currently have Core Research Team members as young as 8th grade. We are fortunate that FAU High School prioritizes early research experiences, as we have some exceptional student researchers that have come from that program. In addition, we aim to involve the community in educational activities to begin to familiarize the general public with Deep Learning. We have had multiple exhibits at local science museums, been invited to give talks to elementary and middle schools, and offer a Summer Short Course for those who are enthusiastic in applying Deep Learning.