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Perception, Ecological Action, Robotics & Learning Lab (McBeath)

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The Perception, Ecological Action, Robotics and Learning Lab (PEARL) focuses on computational modeling of perception-action in dynamic, natural environments. Specialty areas span sports, robotics, music, navigation, and multisensory object perception. The most widely known work is on navigational strategies used by baseball players, animals, and robots.

The lab's four major research streams are:

  • Perception-Action and Navigation in Sports
  • Robotics and Cognitive Engineering
  • Object, Space and Orientation Perception
  • Auditory Pitch, Pattern, and Form Perception

 Lab Director and Principal Investigator:  Michael McBeath, PhD, Professor 

Dr. McBeath was trained in the emerging area combining Psychology and Engineering. He majored in both fields for his Bachelors degree from Brown University, received a Masters of Science in Instrumentation from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and earned his Doctoral degree from Stanford University in Psychology with a minor in Electrical Engineering. Parallel to his academic career, he worked as a research scientist, both at NASA - Ames Research Center, and at the Interval Corporation, a technology think tank funded by Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen. His research has been funded by grants from the Interval Corporation, the National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research.

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