Prof. Braida has chaired Area VII since 1996. Prof. Collin Stultz will be responsible for overall reorganization of Area VII while Prof. Braida will be in charge of student matters (e.g., thesis proposals, minor programs, and RQE assignments).
Prof. Collin Stutlz is a board certified cardiologist and an alumnus of the Harvard-MIT program in Health Sciences and Technology (HST). He conducts research to understand conformational changes in macromolecules and their relationship to common human diseases. Collin employs an interdisciplinary approach that utilizes techniques drawn from computational chemistry, signal processing, and basic biochemistry. Prof. Stultz is on the faculty of both HST and EECS. He is a member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. Collin Stultzis recipient of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award in Biomedical Sciences, an NSF Career Award and the James Tolbert Shipley Prize.
As head of the Sensory Perception Group, Prof. Louis Braida is widely known for his research in the areas of intensity perception, the characterization of hearing impairments, and aids for the deaf. Through auditory behavioral studies aimed at analyzing functional attributes of auditory memory and its relation to speech reception, Prof. Braida and his group work toward developing theoretical models to describe auditory and visual cues to speech perception as well as developing visual and tactual aids for the deaf and deaf-blind. Prof. Braida is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and holds the Henry Ellis Warren Chair in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Health Science and Technology.