This is the web home of Professor Jack Gallant’s cognitive, computational and systems neuroscience lab at the University of California, Berkeley. Our lab uses functional MRI, computational modeling and machine learning to map perceptual, language and cognitive functions across the human brain. We also study how these maps are altered by top-down processes such as attention, learning and memory, and how they differ across individuals. The computational modeling framework that we have developed for brain mapping can also be used to decode human brain activity with remarkable fidelity.
The Department expects students to take the Qualifying Exam two or three semesters after they identify a research adviser. This is therefore expected to occur for most students in their third year, and no later than fourth year. A student is considered to have begun research when they first register for Physics 299 or fill out the department mentor-adviser form showing that a research adviser has accepted the student for PhD work or hired as a GSR (Graduate Student Researcher), at which time the research adviser becomes responsible for guidance and mentoring of the student. (Note that this decision is not irreversible – the student or research adviser can decide that the match of individuals or research direction is not appropriate or a good match.) Delays in this schedule cause concern that the student is not making adequate progress towards the PhD. The student and adviser will be asked to provide written documentation to the department explaining the delay and clarifying the timeline for taking the Qualifying Exam.
Advanced Single-Carrier and Multi-Carrier OFDM transceivers (Transmission protocols, Frequency Diversity, Optimal selection of OFDM parameters, OFDM-based multiple access schemes). Advanced Multiple-Antenna Techniques (Diversity-Multiplexing Tradeoff, Hybrid MIMO systems, MIMO-OFDM). Relaying and Cooperative Communications (Types of relaying, architectures, performance). Spectrum Management (Cognitive Networks, Sensing and Allocation Algorithms, Carrier Aggregation). LTE-Advanced (Evolution from 3G to 4G and beyond, Targets and IMT-Advanced Requirements, LTE Radio Access, Supported Transmission Modes). Towards 5G (HetNets, Small-cells). Wi-Fi ( family of standards, Super G Technology). Wired Standards (ADSL-VDSL). Satellite communication standards (DVB-S2, DVB-S2X extension, Hybrid terrestrial/satellite networks and applications).