The NMI Lab strives to create computing systems that work more like the brain, by combining the fundamental and the applied. Our long-term research goal is to emulate high-level, cognitive function in dedicated neuromorphic hardware systems.

The lab's approach is to study neural circuits as computational substrates implementing a class of machine learning algorithms, and to design brain-inspired (neuromorphic) architectures that efficiently implement these algorithms.

Outcomes from this research range from brain-computer interfaces to goal-directed and adapting robotic systems.

Graduate Student Opportunities

The Department of Cognitive Sciences is seeking exceptional and highly motivated candidates to apply for full-time PhD research in computational neuroscience, machine learning, neural networks and neurobotics.

Students will have the opportunity to work in the the Neuromorphic Machine Intelligence laboratory, the Cognitive Anteater Robotics laboratory and the newly established Visual Perception laboratory at UC Irvine. For more information about the ongoing research see:

Projects include:

  • Neuromorphic Engineering and Machine Learning
  • Computation with Spiking Neural Networks
  • Cognitive robotics experiments for decision-making, planning, perception, memory, and learning
  • Efficient coding in the brain.
  • Models of neuromodulation.
  • Neurobiologically inspired vision models.
  • Models of human problem solving.

We are looking for students who can demonstrate excellent academic performance during their undergraduate studies. Applicants should have strong mathematical and computer programming skills, as well as good communication skills.

Successful applicants will receive funding toward their Ph.D. for at least 5 years. For more information about the Cognitive Sciences graduate program, please see:

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