Date and Time: Keynote Address – April 20, 2018, 5:00 PM -6:00 PM
Location: Wolfington Teletorium, Mandeville Hall
Cynthia F. Moss is currently a Professor in Psychological and Brain Sciences and Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University. She received a B.S. (summa cum laude) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Ph.D. from Brown University. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Tübingen, supported by NATO and AAUW Postdoctoral Fellowships, and a Research Fellow at Brown University before accepting a faculty appointment at Harvard University. In 1995, Dr. Moss moved to the University of Maryland, where she was a Professor in the Department of Psychology and ISR until 2014. Dr. Moss received an NSF Young Investigator Award in 1992 and a Berlin Institute for Advanced Studies Fellowship in 2000 and 2008. In 2001, Moss was elected a Fellow to the Acoustical Society of America and in 2012, she was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2010 she was recognized with the University of Maryland Regents Faculty Award for Research and Creativity. She has edited two books and published over 100 chapters and research articles.
Moss and her research group investigate the mechanisms of spatial perception, attention, learning and memory, systems used by humans and other animals to direct their actions and navigate in the natural environment. Empirical studies in the lab exploit an animal model that provides explicit information about the signals it uses to guide behavior through an active sensing system. This animal model, the echolocating bat, coordinates its production of sonar signals with flight maneuvers in response to dynamic echo information, and exhibits a rich display of natural sensory-guided behaviors. Moss and her lab members have established methods to collect multi-channel wireless neural recordings from free-flying bats, which allows for the study of brain systems in animals engaged in natural behaviors. Neural recordings now focus on three brain regions: hippocampus, midbrain superior colliculus and somatosensory cortex. Current behavioral studies examine the processing of dynamic acoustic signals for the perception of auditory scenes. The aims of this work are to develop a broad understanding of complex signal processing in biological systems and to establish an empirical foundation for integrative models of spatial information processing, the perceptual organization of natural stimuli, and adaptive motor control.