Our Visual Neuroscience and Virtual Reality Laboratory is actively
recruiting graduate students at the Master's or PhD level. Students
with strong backgrounds in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience,
Computer Science, or Engineering, are encouraged to apply.
Our research is in the field of visual perception, cognition
and visual neuroscience. The details of our research can be accessed
from my web page: http://www.science.mcmaster.ca/psychology/sun/
Students will have the opportunity to work in a highly
interdisciplinary, very well equipped laboratory, and will receive
full funding support. Typically the research projects
of the graduate students do not have to be limited to the supervisor's
research projects. With a virtual reality, psychophysics, single
cell recording and computational modelling setup, we can extend
beyond the projects listed on our web page.
Research activities conducted in our lab
will make significant contributions to the training of psychology
and neuroscience graduate students and postdocs.
Students collaborate with their superviosor and their fellow students
on all stages of the project: designing the experiment, building
the apparatus, programming the visual stimuli, performing the experiment
and writing the research paper. Our students are exposed to different
levels of analysis in neuroscience (from single units recording
to behavioural analysis) and to a variety of techniques (neurophysiology,
neuroanatomy, neural modelling, computer graphics, virtual reality,
psychophysics and human factors).
The skills that our students obtain are transferable. After completing
their training in our lab, they are qualified to pursue careers
in industry, as well as academic jobs. They could, for example,
expect to compete successfully for jobs in companies like Nortel,
IMAX, CAE, Spar Aerospace, etc., where they could apply the skills
learned in our lab to fields such as human factors, human computer
interaction, usability testing (of visual or auditory interfaces),
interface design, multimedia, software design, etc.
Our research projects also provide excellent training for skills
in computer science. Students will gain valuable experience in computer
graphics, animation, system administration, network, communication
and design and hardware interfacing, etc.
We are also collaborating with Drs. S. Becker, Dr. D. Elliott at
the Department of Kinesiology here in McMaster, and Dr. C. Ellard
at Waterloo on a number of projects. Such collaboration will certainly
lead to excellent training opportunities, which will be beneficial
to all the students involved.
Please contact: Dr. Hong-Jin Sun
Phone Number: (905) 525-9140 x 24367 or x27565