Clark School Home UMD
ECE

News Story

Moss, Horiuchi receive $1.5 million NSF grant for complex settings research

Moss, Horiuchi receive $1.5 million NSF grant for complex settings research

Professor Cynthia Moss (Psych/ISR) is the principal investigator and Associate Professor Timothy Horiuchi (ECE/ISR) is the co-PI for a new National Science Foundation Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience grant, "Adaptive perceptual-motor feedback for the analysis of complex scenes."

The five-year, $1.5 million grant will fund research to understand the processes that support perception and action in complex settings. The research will focus on spatial perception and navigation in the echolocating bat, an auditory specialist that produces high frequency sonar calls and listens to echo returns to determine the location of objects in its environment. The echolocating bat modifies its sonar calls in response to echo information from targets (insect prey) and obstacles.

Quantitative analyses of this animal's adaptive vocal behavior will be used to infer its perception of a changing environment. The biological component of this research combines behavioral and neurophysiological experiments to gain insight to how sensory information from complex scenes is coded and used to guide behaviors. Analysis of behavioral and neural data will be coordinated with modeling efforts and the development of a robotic spatial navigation system. Together, the biological and engineering arms of this research project will generate new knowledge that contributes to a deeper understanding of perception and action in complex, natural environments.

The project will translate knowledge and methodologies across biology and engineering, ranging from ethology and neurobiology to computational modeling and robotic demonstrations. The research has wide-ranging impact for neurobiology, interdisciplinary research training, neuroscience techniques, robotics, and the design of assistive devices.

Related Articles:
Chiu, Reddy, Xian, Krishnaprasad and Moss publish in Journal of Experimental Biology

September 30, 2010


Prev   Next

Current Headlines

University of Maryland Breaks Ground for A. James Clark Hall

UMD Clark School Announces Inaugural Awards Winners

Mayergoyz and McAvoy Publish Unique Text on Electric Power Engineering

UMD Startup Shell Kicks Off Launch Campaign for Innovation Fund

Engineering systems for mental health work by Espy-Wilson, Resnik, Vaughn-Cooke featured in Newsweek

UMD Cyber Experts Discover Lapses in Heartbleed Bug Fix

Support Engineering Student Initiatives Through Launch UMD

Liu Elected to IEEE Board of Directors

News Resources

Return to Newsroom
Search News
Archived News

Events Resources

Events Calendar

Additional Resources

UM Newsdesk
Faculty Experts