The Yale Fellowship in Translational Technologies in Development is selecting highly qualified college graduates to participate in the software and hardware engineering of cutting-edge technologies that advance the science of human social-cognitive development and support the detection, evaluation, and treatment of autism and other developmental disorders. Our fellows will receive training in rapid prototyping and robust development of translational technologies, which may include eye-tracking technologies, mobile apps, video games, experimental paradigms, social robots, machine learning projects, and physiological sensing technologies. Fellows will receive training that will prepare them for the pursuit of graduate school in computer science, cognitive or developmental science, human-computer interaction, or human-robot interaction, as well as for diverse careers in software engineering.
Our research group, the Technology and Innovation Laboratory (TIL
), operates at the pivotal intersection of software/technology development and the transformative developmental, clinical, and medical science of the Yale Child Study Center. Work at the Yale Child Study Center involves a multidisciplinary approach to autism and developmental disabilities research that spans projects in behavioral neuroscience, neuroimaging, molecular and population genetics, and treatment. TIL works closely with the Yale Early Social Cognition Laboratory (YESCog
The director of TIL, Frederick Shic, is a developmental scientist with a Ph.D. in Computer Science and a background in robotics, medical imaging, and commercial video game development. TIL’s interdisciplinary team includes computer scientists, clinical psychologists, developmental cognitive scientists, social workers, and speech-language pathologists. We work closely with industry developers of games, apps, and sensors, as well as with neuroscientists, healthcare providers, and educators.
This two-year fellowship will provide software engineering training for developing scientific and user-focused technologies, commencing on or before July 1, 2015. The primary training experience will be in multiple software development applications to behavioral, technology-interaction and eye-tracking studies of infants and toddlers with and without autism. Our work often involves novel devices, and the fellow may have opportunities to develop mechanical and engineering experience. The fellow will also assist in a variety of scientific activities in the Lab, including assisting in the preparation of manuscripts and conference presentations, and providing general assistance relevant to the functioning of the Lab. With research mentorship, the selected applicant will be expected to guide a research project from the point of data collection through analysis and publication of results. The fellow will be directly mentored by the program director, and involved in a highly active and productive community of clinical research scientists. The fellowship’s curriculum also includes participation in weekly research meetings, research tutorials and courses, and other didactic experiences at the Yale Department of Computer Science, Child Study Center, and School of Medicine.
: Yale Child Study Center, Yale University
: Frederick Shic
: Katarzyna Chawarska, Suzanne Macari, Kevin Pelphrey, Brian Scassellati, Pamela Ventola, James McPartland, Kathleen Koenig, Fred Volkmar
Award Amount: $30,000 the 1st year, and $32,000 the 2nd year (plus full healthcare coverage)
Term of Award: 2 years
Submission Deadline: March 31, 2015
U.S. Citizenship: Not Required