Center for Applied Neuroscience


two students examining a brainThe Center for Applied Neuroscience (CAN) is a new multidisciplinary research collaboration where knowledge at the intersection of cognitive science, artificial intelligence, neurobiology, and computational modeling is generated and applied to develop novel solutions and create technological advances.

This CAN will build upon and further expand existing expertise and excellence in behavioral and cognitive neuroscience of visual perception, and will strengthen RIT’s standing among universities that meet the 21st century demands to address “the last frontier in science” in research and education: the study of brain and other neural mechanisms underpinning cognition and human behavior. With its existing programs and research laboratories in Mathematical Modeling, Color Science, Imaging Science, and Life Sciences, the College of Science is well positioned to develop and grow a collaborative research center dedicated to applied neuroscience.

The Center’s activities will be strongly synergistic with the research and programs across the RIT campus, for example in computing, psychology, medical sciences, game design and motion picture science. CAN’s initial objectives include defining the scope of the center and its mission while identifying existing and potential lines of research, required expertise, and participation mechanisms for faculty and students from the College of Science and across the RIT campus.

The Center will create a compendium of relevant projects and a website for disseminating information about the center activities. This will be achieved, in part, through workshops focused on applied neuroscience topics. As CAN becomes established with a defined scope of activities and membership, it will then be used as a focus for multi-disciplinary, and multi-faculty, research projects and proposals external research funding.

Affiliated Faculty

The Center for Applied Neuroscience (CAN) is in its formative stages. If you are interested in participating in this collaborative effort, contact our coordinator, Elena Fedorovskaya, for more information.

Academic Programs