Student Research Projects 



We have immediate openings for a graduate student interested in adaptation to space flight. See project description below.



Below is an idea of the range of student projects available. (See the Research page for some perspective on these projects.) Projects involve experiments on human subjects, computerized data analysis, and mathematical modeling, in various combinations and to varying degrees. 
 

 

Adaptation to Space Flight

  • development of apparatus and procedures for rapid (~10 minutes) and portable (tablet computer) assessment of sensorimotor function (human experimentation in the lab and in parabolic flight, data analysis, computer programming)
  • investigation of the ability of human subjects to use context-specific adaptation as a countermeasure to sensorimotor problems of long-duration spaceflight  (human experimentation in the lab, a centrifuge, and parabolic flight, data analysis, computer programming)

 

Other Sensorimotor Adaptation Projects

  • investigation of predictive and adaptive control of saccadic eye movements, prediction and improvement of adaptation ability, mathematical modeling of fractal properties
  • context-specific adaptation of vestibular reflexes in different settings

 

Fractal and Nonlinear Dynamics

  • investigation of fractal statistics of firing rates in vestibular afferent neurons
  • modeling of saccadic eye movement control, including prediction, adaptation, and fractal structure

 

Engineering

  • integration and packaging of a portable hand-held system for rapid sensorimotor assessment (electronics, mechanical design, computer programming and interfacing, data acquisition)
  • refinement of our wireless scleral search-coil system for measuring eye movements (digital signal processing, electronics, computer programming)

 

 

 


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