Virtual Embodiment and Robotic Re-Embodiment (VERE)

In August of 2010, I began work as a postdoctoral research assistant in the VERE project under principal investigator Thomas Metzinger.  Our role in the project is to work on some of the philosophical and ethical issues arising from technology which can induce the illusion of being embodied in an avatar or a robot.  One main result of our work in the project is the code of ethics for research and personal use of VR.


Consciousness in Interaction (CONTACT)

In January of 2007, I took a position as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Bristol in the Consciousness in Interaction (CONTACT) project which was a part of a larger project on Consciousness in a Natural and Cultural Context (CNCC).  One of the main deliverables from the CONTACT project is an edited volume on the two visual systems hypothesis and its relationship to action-based theories of vision.  The volume has now been published by Oxford University Press.  See here for a review.


DAAD Dissertation Research Grant

In November of 2005, I was awarded a Katrina Relief research grant from the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD).  In early 2006, I won a second dissertation research grant from the DAAD, and was able to extend my stay in Freiburg, Germany for a total of one year.  My dissertation covered the phenomenology of visual perception in an interdisciplinary manner.  I was interested in exploring the relationship between the phenomenology of perception, on one hand, and empirical science of the mind, on the other hand.  Freiburg was an ideal place for such a project.  I became more acquainted with the phenomenological tradition with the friendly guidance of the philosophers at the Freiburg Husserl Archive.  On the empirical side, I gained a basic understanding of the techniques used in modeling neural dynamics in the exciting research environment of the Freiburg Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN) as well as the Institute for Frontier Areas of Psychology and Mental Health (IGPP).