Michael Arbib

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Michael Arbib, USC Brain Project


Fletcher Jones Professor of Computer Science
, University Professor
 and Professor of Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Neuroscience and Psychology
 Director, USC Brain Project


Arbib has developed a new interest is working with architects to better understand the neuroscience of the architectural experience and to develop a new field of neuromorphic architecture, "brains for buildings". Author or editor of almost 40 books, he has most recently edited "Who Needs Emotions? The Brain Meets the Robot" (with Jean-Marc Fellous, Oxford University Press, 2005) and "From Action to Language via the Mirror System" (Cambridge University Press, 2006).

Research Topics

  • Computational and cognitive neuroscience
  • Mirror neurons and action recognition
  • Brain mechanisms of language and their evolution
  • Epistemology
  • Neural networks
  • Simulation
  • Schema theory
  • Neuroinformatics
  • Neuroscience applied to architecture

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