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  • IRCS Sunset

    IRCS will be closing on June 30, 2016, as the SAS and SEAS leadership realigns initiatives with the strategic plans of the two schools. The Cognitive Science major will continue into the post-IRCS era.

  • GRASP Lab awarded new RET grant from NSF - Research Experiences for Teachers

    The GRASP Lab has been awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation to provide a research experience in robotics for middle school teachers in the School District of Philadelphia.

  • Penn Research Helps Develop Predictive Model of How Humans Estimate Speed

    Johannes Burge, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, and Wilson Geisler, Professor and Director of the Center for Perceptual Systems at UT Austin, have analyzed all of the steps involved in estimating how fast an object is moving in order to build an "ideal observer,” an optimal visual model.

  • Penn’s THORwIn Takes Home Gold at RoboCup

    Coached by Daniel Lee, Director of the School of Engineering and Applied Science’s GRASP Lab, the University of Pennsylvania’s robotic soccer team continues its international reign, winning the Robot Soccer World Cup’s AdultSize Humanoid League for the second year in a row. Its robot, THORwIn, a collaboration with UCLA, beat Iran’s Team Baset in a 5-4 shootout.

  • 5 CogSci Majors Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa!

    Congratulations to COGS seniors Greyson Abid, Peter Bryan, Dana Kamerling, Elena Leib, and Stamati Liapis for their recent inductions into Phi Beta Kappa!

  • Vijay Kumar Named Dean of Penn Engineering

    CIS faculty member Vijay Kumar has been named dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science, effective July 1. “Vijay’s superb academic judgment, compelling vision for the future of engineering and applied science, and proven track record as a leader and administrator make him the perfect choice to lead Penn Engineering,” said University President Amy Gutmann.

  • Examining the intricacies of color vision

    What we see when we look at an object is not its “true” physical color, says David Brainard, RRL Professor of Psychology, but our brain’s subjective reading of spectrum. “There are creatures out there that are able to perceive even more colors than humans,” says Brainard. “Some birds, insects, and mantis shrimps, for instance, would say we were somewhat colorblind in comparison.”

  • Danielle Bassett Receives 2014 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship

    The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced that the University of Pennsylvania’s Danielle S. Bassett has been selected as a 2014 MacArthur Fellow. The fellowship, often referred to as a “genius grant,” provides no-strings-attached funding for creative, innovative, path-breaking work in a broad range of scholarly and artistic fields.

  • Penn Researchers Untangle the Biological Effects of Blue Light

    Psychology graduate student Manuel Spitschan, Psychology faculty member and IRCS Director David Brainard, and Neurology faculty member Geoffrey Aguirre have teased apart the separate biological responses of the human eye to blue light, revealing an unexpected contest for control.

  • Penn Research Shows How Brain Can Tell Magnitude of Errors

    Psychology faculty member Javier Medina and former Biology graduate student Farzaneh Najafi have made another advance in understanding how the brain detects errors caused by unexpected sensory events. This type of error detection is what allows the brain to learn from its mistakes, which is critical for improving fine motor control.