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August 8, 2017
CIS faculty, led by Professor Ramesh Balasubramaniam, have secured NSF funding for the next CHASE (Center for Human Adaptive Systems and Environments) Summer School. This will be the second such summer school, organized by UC Merced faculty affiliated with CHASE.  The first, held in 2014,...
May 22, 2017
At commencement ceremony this year, three CIS Ph.D. candidates walked across the stage to celebrate their time at UC Merced, and recognize their imminent completion of the degree. Jeff Rodny (advisor: D. Noelle) and David Vinson and Maryam Tabatabaeian (advisor: R. Dale) were hooded by their...
March 15, 2017
Two more of our Ph.D. students were recently awarded a prestigious spot in the postdoctoral training program called “Insight.” This program involves summer intensive technical training to bridge academic and scientific methods to industry application, along with subsequent placement in...
February 1, 2017
CIS faculty Dr. Paul Smaldino recently published a paper on the “natural selection of bad science.” This work demonstrates that incentives for productivity can drive questionable scientific practices, and may then hinder scientific progress. In the paper, he and his collaborator analyze...
November 13, 2016
Former COGS major Shreya Gupta is now a user experience (“UX”) researcher in Silicon Valley. For the past couple of years she’s been working with the growing startup called UserTesting, which creates tools for businesses and other website owners to investigate the nature of their...
October 15, 2016
In Fall, 2016, Cognitive & Information Sciences welcomes two new faculty, Dr. Paul Smaldino and Dr. David Jennings. We asked both about their backgrounds, research interests, and what they are excited to teach at UC Merced. See their responses below.  Paul Smaldino: What is your...
September 14, 2016
This past summer Ph.D. student Jessica Ross earned a spot in the Cognitive Neuroscience Summer Institute(supported by the Kavli Foundation), held at the UCSB campus in June, 2016. Her advisor, Dr. Ramesh Balasubramaniam, notes that this is a “very prestigious and highly selective summer...
September 1, 2016
Dr. Bodo Winter, recent graduate of the CIS Ph.D. program, has begun a new position as a professor in the United Kingdom. This exciting opportunity will allow Bodo to start his own laboratory and expand his program of research and teaching at a new institution. We asked Bodo a few questions about...
August 29, 2016
  We followed up with Drs. Alexandra Paxton and Drew Abney about their new adventures. Both recent Ph.D. graduates from UC Merced’s Cognitive & Information Sciences program, Alex is one semester into her postdoc at UC Berkeley on big data, and Drew is beginning his postdoc at...
May 7, 2016
Cognitive Science professor Dr. Paul Maglio received a gift from Nissan Research to help support his lab’s studies on the relationship between human drivers and software systems that support autonomous vehicles. This research project asks critical questions about these emerging technologies,...

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