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My primary research interest is in understanding how coordinated behavior arises from the dynamical interaction of an animal's nervous system, its body and its environment. Toward this end, I work on the evolution and analysis of dynamical "nervous systems" for model agents, neuromechanical modeling of animals, biologically-inspired robotics, and dynamical systems approaches to behavior and cognition. More generally, I am interested in computational and theoretical biology, including models of metabolism, gene regulation and development. I also have a longstanding interest in the design and implementation of dynamic programming languages and their programming environments.
Bold student names indicate a cognitive science standalone student.
|Brady, Michael||A Field-Based Artificial Neural Network w/ Cerebella Model for Complex Motor Sequence Learning (May 2012)||Beer, R. (Chair), Kewley-Port, D., Port, R., Bingham, G.|
|Kadihasanoglu, Didem||An Evolutionary Robotics Approach to Visually-Guided Braking: Data and Theory (October 2012)||Beer, R. (Chair), Bingham, G., Busey, T., Yu, C.|
|Williams, Paul||Information Dynamics: Its Theory and Application to Embodied Cognitive Systems (May 2011)||Beer, R (Chair)., Beggs, J., Olaf, S., Yaeger, L.|
|Zednik, Carlos||Mechanistic Explanation and Dynamical Cognitive Science (August 2011)||Allen, C (Chair)., Beer, R., Weinberg, J., Chemero, A.|
|Sheya, Adam||Coordinating Location and Object Properties in Goal-Directed Action: A Case of Self-Generated Developmental Change (November 2009)||Smith, L. (Co-Chair), Beer, R. (Co-Chair), Sporns, O., Yu, C.|
|Frey, Seth||Complex Collective Dynamics in Human Higher-Level Reasoning. A Study Over Multiple Methods (August 2013)||Goldstone, R. (Chair), Todd, P., Beer, R., Busemeyer, J.|