About-BrainHub - Carnegie Mellon University

About BrainHub

Hub: (noun) center of activity; focal point

Understanding how the brain works is one of the biggest puzzles left for science to solve.

Answers to critical questions in neuroscience lie at a pivotal intersection between biology, cognitive psychology, computer science, statistics and engineering – areas where Carnegie Mellon University excels.

And the world has taken notice of our excellence, putting CMU at the hub of unique global partnerships in the name of brain research. 

Why CMU?

CMU's Hamerschlag Hall

As the birthplace of artificial intelligence and cognitive psychology, CMU brain scientists have had real-world impact for over 50 years.

From the creation of some of the first cognitive tutors, to the development of the Jeopardy-winning Watson, to founding a ground-breaking doctoral program in neural computation, to recent cutting-edge work on the genetic basis of autism, Carnegie Mellon has, and will continue to be, a leader in the study of brain and behavior.

And our expertise doesn't stop at technology. World-renowned faculty such as Allen Newell, Herbert Simon, John Anderson and Raj Reddy, all helped shape modern cognitive psychology.

At the same time, seminal collaborations between psychologists and computer scientists gave rise to the field of artificial intelligence.

Today, partnerships between CMU neuroscientists, psychologists, statisticians, computer scientists, and engineers leave us poised to make similar groundbreaking accomplishments.

Taking a global approach to understanding the brain, CMU, with its partners around the world, is uniquely qualified for tackling this sort of highly interdisciplinary research. Read press release announcing BrainHub »

This cross-disciplinary effort, BrainHub, is lead by a faculty executive committee consisting of: 

  • Nathan Urban, Interim Provost; Director of BrainHub; Dr. Frederick A. Schwertz Distinguished Professor of Life Sciences
  • Michael Tarr, Chair of BrainHub Executive Committee; Professor and Head, Psychology
  • Alison Barth, Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Marlene Behrmann, George A. and Helen Dunham Cowan Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience; Co-Director, Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
  • Vijayakumar Bhagavatula, Associate Dean for Graduate and Faculty Affairs, College of Engineering; Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Rob Kass, Professor, Statistics, Machine Learning and Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
  • Tom Mitchell, E. Fredkin University Professor; Head, Machine Learning
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Centers & Departments

In addition to partnerships around the world, more than a dozen centers and departments at Carnegie Mellon are playing leading roles in this initiative: