We study interaction of neural networks in special populations (children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Deaf, and gifted and talented), to identify the mechanisms of developmental changes in neural networks supporting higher cognitive processes (linguistic and mathematical cognition), with the goal of designing learning systems for atypically developing children.
Our work is supported by the National Science Foundation, ORAU Powe Jr. Faculty Enhancement Award, University of Texas Research Enhancement Grant, EURIAS Fellowship Programme, and Association for Psychological Science's Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science.
NSF has awarded a $1 million grant to the team of Jeff Siskind (computer vision), Evie Malaia (computational neuroscience), and Ronnie Wilbur (linguistics) to develop algorithms for actor-action linking analysis using multi-modal neuroimaging data sets for deep learning.
2017-2018 Dr. Malaia is on sabbatical at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, working on the project "Role of visual and linguistic complexity in language development"
Developmental Characteristics of Gifted Children: Educational Approaches chapter is published in the book "From the Laboratory to the Classroom: Translating Science of Learning for Teachers"
EM giving a talk at Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication, Nov. 6th: "Event reference time representation in grammar: sign languages and spoken languages"
Dr. Malaia has won the EURIAS fellowship and is working at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Science in 2015-2016.
More on the project and fellowship here.
June 5th - Dr. Malaia presenting at Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig. Topic:
Approaches to frequency-domain analyses of language processing
May 5th - Dr. Malaia's presentation at FEAST: Barcelona will be broadcast online at 10:40 am EST/9:40 am CST.
How does a language-ready brain recognize language? Information transfer in sign language as measured by fractal complexity of motion
April 23rd - Dr. Malaia received National Certificate of Merit in Research Advising from NACADA
April 15th - Dr. Malaia is teaching in St. Petersburg, Russia, this summer. Video from the mobile EEG workshop.
April 7th, 2015 - Dr. M's students receiving College awards this Spring: Mara Alvarez-Delgado, Zhengsi Chang, Claudio Jara-Campos, Lori Mayfield, Valerie Hernandez, Gina Parisi, and Megan Mills. GOOD JOB everyone!
March 26th, 2015 - Dr. Malaia's interview on women's work environment in STEM.
March 16th, 2015 - Amber Harris Bozer defended her PhD dissertation on modeling neural networks of pain (sensation vs. interpretation) using local field potentials. Congratulations!
February, 2015 - Dr. Evie Malaia awarded Outstanding Advisor title for 2015 by the University of Texas at Arlington.
November 8, 2014 - Katherine Rublein is the NSF Best Poster winner at International Mind, Brain, and Education Conference! Congratulations!
July 2014 - Dr. Evie Malaia is teaching a course Information transfer in language and the brain at the NYI-St. Petersburg Institute on Linguistics and Cognition.
April, 2014 - Audrey Fowler and Kenneth Foster are Lockheed Martin Endowed Scholarship winners for excellence in Math/Science education from College of Education at UT Arlington. Congratulations!