9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
University of Rochester
Michele Rucci is a Professor of Brain & Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester. Dr. Rucci received Laurea (MA) and PhD degrees in biomedical engineering from the University of Florence and the Scuola Superiore S.~Anna in Pisa, respectively. He was then Fellow in Computational Neuroscience at the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego and faculty at Boston University, where he was appointed Professor in Psychological and Brain Sciences. His research integrates experimental and theoretical approaches to elucidate the computational and biological mechanisms of visual perception. Research in his laboratory has revealed novel contributions from eye movements to spatial vision, has raised specific hypotheses on the influences of eye movements in the neural encoding of visual information and in visual development, has resulted in new methods for eye-tracking and real-time control of retinal stimulation, and has led to robots directly controlled by models of neural pathways.