Dr. Ray Lopez, a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology, has been awarded an SC13 Broader Engagement Program travel grant to attend the SC13 Supercomputing Conference in Denver, CO, from November 17 – 22.
The Broader Engagement (BE) Program’s goal is to increase the participation of individuals who have been traditionally under-represented in High Performance Computing (HPC). The program offers special activities to introduce, engage and support a diverse community in the conference and in HPC. The grants are competitive, and are available to support travel to and participation in the SC13 Technical Program.
Dr. Lopez has built neural networks to study the feedback mechanisms associated with motivated behaviors (e.g. hunger) and pain processing. His current research interests involve the use of massively parallel computer systems to simulate rudimentary consciousness in simple artificial life forms. The SC13 conference will allow Dr. Lopez to meet others in the field of supercomputing who are interested in simulating brain and behavioral activities.