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NSF-IGERT Graduate Traineeships in Perceptual Science


Rutgers University has a new training program offering Graduate Fellowships in Interdisciplinary Perceptual Science, funded by a National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship grant.

Interdisciplinary Perceptual Science combines the formal tools of computer modeling with the experimental and theoretical tools for studying human perception. Students are prepared for scientific careers in academic, industrial or government settings.

The training program is intended for students entering doctoral programs in Psychology, Computer Science, Engineering, Cognitive Science, Linguistics or Anthropology, although other fields relevant to perceptual science will also be considered.


Computer Science

Biomedical Engineering

Cognitive Science


Electrical & Computer Eng.

Why Study Interdisciplinary Perceptual Science?

Perceptual technologies are proliferating, ranging from automated systems that recognize faces, voices or 3D scenes, to dynamic multimodal interfaces and realistic virtual environments. These developments have focused unprecedented attention on perceptual function and perceptual models, areas that now can be explored with an increasingly sophisticated array of experimental, analytical and computational techniques. As Perceptual Scientists, we recognize the need to develop comprehensive and powerful perceptual models, applicable to humans and implemented in machines.

The IGERT in Perceptual Science integrates research projects in more than 18 different laboratories. IGERT students will learn to use a broad array of approaches, skills, and methods to achieve a better understanding of human perception and perceptual models, and to design innovative perceptual technologies that address significant human needs.

Core Curriculum in Perceptual Science

The Core Curriculum in Perceptual Science offers interdisciplinary courses and research activities in perceptual science for IGERT students and for interested students enrolled in one of the participating Ph.D. programs. Completion of the Core Curriculum formally recognizes interdisciplinary graduate work in perceptual science that goes beyond the requirements for the doctorate in one of the existing programs.


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