I direct the Cognitive
Systems Laboratory (CSL).
CSL is now a part of the Biomedical Signal Processing, Imaging,
Reasoning, and Learning (B-SPIRAL) Group - a unified group jointly
led by Profs. Dana Brooks, Jennifer Dy, and Deniz Erdogmus.
Statistical signal processing, machine learning, information
theory, differential geometry, and numerical optimization are
fundamental to our research.
Our lab focuses mostly on biomedical signal and image processing,
including brain computer interfaces, biomedical image
segmentation, and behavior analysis from video.
Translational research from concepts to prototypes is our goal.
Our interests, at CSL are not limited to biology and biomedical
applications of theory, however.
Dr. Jernej Zupanc returned for a short visit (Aug 2012)...
PhD Graduates; first position (current position, if different
and known) - dissertations will be available on my
Dr. Tian Lan;
looking for positions in the Bay Area
Dr. Erhan Bas;
postdoc in Gene Myers' group at HHMI Janelia Farms, Ashburn,
Virginia (now at GE Research, Schenectady, NY)
Kyrgyzov; postdoc in the OpenVIBE2 project at LIST-CEA,
Huang; postdoc in our project group at OHSU BME Department
(now at Intel Energy Research Laboratory, Hillsboro, OR)
Dr. Umut Ozertem;
researcher at Yahoo Research, Sunnyvale, California (now
at Microsoft, Sunnyvale, CA)
Visiting scholars; position at
time of visit (current position, if different and known) Dr. Bekir Dizdaroglu
(TUBITAK scholar); Asst. Prof. at Karadeniz Technical University,
Trabzon, Turkey Dr. Jernej Zupanc (Visited as PhD student
Fulbright Scholar); Postdoc at the University of
Dr. Jayashree Kalpathy-Cramer; Instructor at OHSU, Portland, OR
(Research Faculty Member at HMS-MGH Martinos Imaging Center,
Boston, MA) Dr.
M. Fatih Talu (PhD student TUBITAK scholar); PhD Student at
Firat University, Elazig, Turkey (Assistant Professor, Inonu
University, Malatya, Turkey)
I anticipate hiring exceptional
new postdoctoral research associates and PhD student research
assistants in the area of brain interface and EEG signal
Please exhibit good self-assessment before sending me an email. I
do not employ a lottery based selection system. I have strict
criteria. See the backgrounds of my current and former group
members, then judge yourself accordingly. If you are truly
exceptional in your intelligence, mathematical knowledge and
rigor, programming skills, etc. I hope that you will want to join
our group and contribute to science, engineering, and humanity as
Note 1: I do not offer RA positions to MS students.
Note 2: Due to university policy, I cannot accept paid or unpaid
international undergraduate research interns. Do not email me
about this please. Your message will go to trash immediately.
Exceptional postdoc candidates:
Email me your CV, transcripts, brief statement of purpose, one journal publication you
are most proud of, and any other information you think will
demonstrate your exceptional background. Exceptional postdocs will
demonstrate their claim with tangible evidence in the form of
publications at top venues relevant to our research area, as well
as a strong educational background, including performance in
nation-wide exams going back to high school years, if necessary.
Exceptional RA candidates at the
PhD student level: Email me your resume, brief statement
of purpose, a copy of one publication if you have, documentation
about your academic comparison to your peers in your country/state
measured through standardized and centralized tests (if any), and
any other information you think will demonstrate your exceptional
background. I can currently advise PhD students at Northeastern
University in the following PhD degree programs: electrical
engineering, bioengineering, personal health informatics.
Contacting me prior to applying will put you on
my radar if your credentials truly seem to be exceptional
according to my criteria. Otherwise, your email goes to trash. If
you do not contact me prior to or immediately after applying to
Northeastern, and if you do not mentione me as a potential advisor
in your statement of purpose, most likely I will not get to see
your application and you will not be considered for one of my
available RA positions. Contacting me at any time and getting any
kind of response from me is not a guarantee or promise of future
research assistantship funding.
Hints for people from select countries from which I receive
applications and students frequently:
India: I have a great impression of my
colleagues from some select institutions in India, especially from
IIT. We both know the system; contact me if you are exceptional.
Iran: I have many great RAs who received EE or
CS degrees in Sharif or Tehran Polytechnic. We both know the
system; contact me if you are exceptional.
Turkey: I am from METU. I have great respect
for Bogazici and Bilkent, as well as Hacettepe, ITU, etc. We both
know the system; contact me if you are exceptional.
Exceptional self-funded PhD/MS
students: If you wish to pursue research with my group
towards a PhD dissertation or MS thesis Northeastern University in
one of the programs that I listed above, I will be happy to
discuss with you in order to determine if there is a topic of
mutual interest. Please email me your CV and make sure to include
details about the conditions, duration, and the $ amount of the
scholarship that will fund your education. If you require a letter
from me as part of your scholarship application indicating that I
will advise you in such and such research area, we can arrange
that after the initial discussions we will have.
International visiting scholars
including PhD students and postdoctoral researchers:
Please send me an email to initiate a discussion about what
research project you may get involved with, as well as any letters
of support that I will need to provide for your scholarship or
travel grant application in your home country. It should be noted
that you will most likely visit under a J type visa and you will
need to demonstrate that you have sufficient financial means to
support yourself and anyone accompanying you during the entire
length of your stay. Northeastern University will not be making
any salary or stipend payments to you during your stay, however,
we will register you as a visiting research scholar so that you
have official and legal access to university academic resources.
NOTES FOR THOSE WHO PLAN TO CONTACT ME
students seeking summer internships: Do NOT email me
please! I can not accept such applications. Your email goes to
trash immediately. These requests typically come from
undergraduate students studying at IIT campuses in India.
Undergraduate students studying EE or CS in one of the IIT
campuses in India: please wait until you are ready to graduate and
then contact me for a PhD student RA position. Most likely you
will meet my exceptional candidate criteria. Unfortunately the
university does not allow us to hire international summer interns. Undergraduate students at
NU or other institutions in USA who want to perform research or
summer internships: My group enthusiastically supports
undergraduate research activities. If you are interested and
willing to put in the extra time to do research and get involved
in preparing publications, please come to my office to discuss.
This will require regular attendance to group activities and
spending dedicated time at the lab. I do not usually have funds to
pay undergraduate research interns. When such candidates approach
me serioucly, I will then consider trying to secure some
additional REU suport from NSF and other funding sources.
If I have such REU funding available and there are still open
positions, these would be announced above under the open positions
section. Priority may be given to NU undergraduates.
MS students and applicants: I do not provide project funded
research assistantships to MS students except in extremely unusual
circumstances (happened only once since 2004 and lasted 3 months).
As of January 2012, I am not accepting any new students for MS
Projects. Unfortunately, I am too busy with existing students who
commit to my research activities for the long term and I need to
focus on advising them. I am happy to consider advising MS
students who are seriously interested in doing an MS Thesis. A
successful thesis will require at least 16 months, so please come
to me to talk about this as soon as you start your MS degree
studies at NU. MS thesis students will be expected to publish at
least one journal paper at a respected venue as a result of their
PhD students and applicants: If
you are interested in working with me towards your PhD degree,
first you must be admitted to one of the PhD programs I am
affiliated with (electrical engineering, bioengineering, or
personal health informatics). I do not have the authority to
arrange for teaching assistantships (TA); please do not ask for
one. Research assistantships (RA) may be available to those who
express interest in working with me provided that they are
exceptional candidates! RA positions are extremely competitive.
Please do not send me an email to try your chance; this is not a
lottery. If you wish to inquire about your chances of getting an
RA, please send me (1) your ranking/percentile in some large-scale
national exam in your country/state such as centralized university
entrance exams (please indicate the number of people taking the
exam for best assessment and send official documentation showing
score and ranking if available), (2) transcripts of undergraduate
and graduate education, and (3) any evidence of your superb
math/physics backgroud including olymiad activities during high
school years or graduation from a selective and specialized
science and math oriented high school (e.g. selective magnet
schools in the US, NODET in Iran, Fen Lisesi in Turkey).
candidates will be committed to dedicating many hours per week to
research (estimated effort for exceptional PhD work is 80 hours
per week at 80% efficiency), motivated to acquire and generate new
knowledge for humankind, and demonstrate an appreciation of
scientific principles and a keen interest in applying the
scientific methodology with the highest ethical standards to all
aspects of inquiry and reasoning. See my instructions for CSL