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Associated Departments and Centers

Departments and Programs

Our faculty and students have strong ties to several other departments and programs within the University, including:

Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science has 20 full-time faculty and about 45 graduate students. Its programs are particularly strong in the areas of computer vision and robotics, knowledge representation and natural language understanding, systems software for parallel computing, and the theory of computation. It enjoys strong collaborative contacts with faculty in several other departments, and has a major involvement in the cognitive sciences at the University.


The Department of Linguistics operates in close cooperation with the Center for Language Sciences (CLS), which serves as the focus of a distinguished interdisciplinary community with research and teaching interests in natural language. Faculty within the Department of Linguistics have expertise in syntax, semantics, phonology, and morphology. The linguistics faculty actively participate in research and training in computational linguistics and psycholinguistics. In addition, they play a central role in teaching and advising students of linguistics and the language sciences from the following PhD programs: computer science, brain and cognitive sciences, and philosophy.

Music Cognition at Eastman/UR

Music Cognition at Eastman/UR is an interdisciplinary field concerned with applying the experimental, computational, and neurological methods of cognitive science to musical issues and problems—is an active area of research at Rochester that unites faculty and students from the Eastman School of Music with BCS through symposia held four times yearly, cross-listed music cognition courses, interdepartmental dissertation committees, and collaborative research that spans the two disciplines. These departments are also founding members of the Music and Sound Initiative, which sponsors interdisciplinary academic programs, courses, and research projects.

Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Neuroscience

The Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Neuroscience draws together more than 60 faculty in nearly 15 departments in the School of Medicine and Dentistry and in the College (the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences is one of these). In this multi-disciplinary program, students examine the organization and function of the nervous system on several levels. The program is formally constituted to provide graduate training leading to the PhD in neuroscience, but it also offers a range of activities (for example, seminars and journal clubs) which bring together neuroscientists from all of the participating departments and disciplines.

Neurobiology and Anatomy

The Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, within the School of Medicine and Dentistry, maintains strong commitments to research as well as to graduate, medical, and undergraduate education. Over thirty faculty with primary and secondary appointments in the department are actively engaged in research on the structure and function of the nervous system across a variety of levels of inquiry. Areas of interest cover a broad spectrum, with a strong emphasis on the neurobiology of sensory-motor systems, neuro-engineering and computational neuroscience, and also including cell signaling and transmission, development and aging, neurobiology of disease, learning and plasticity.

Schmitt Program on Integrative Brain Research

The Schmitt Program on Integrative Brain Research brings together our own faculty, fellows, and students with scientists in the departments of neurobiology and anatomy and the Center for Aging and Developmental Biology who share an interest in learning, plasticity, and memory.

Research Centers

Center for Language Sciences

The Center for Language Sciences supports interdisciplinary research in natural language through colloquia, support for graduate students and sponsorship of topical workshops on topics related psycholinguistics, especially language processing and language acquisition, linguistics, and computational linguistics.

Center for Visual Science

The Center for Visual Science brings together 29 research laboratories throughout the University of Rochester that employ many approaches including optics, physiology, computation, and psychophysics to elucidate the mechanisms of vision.

Rochester Center for Brain Imaging

The Rochester Center for Brain Imaging is a 3T MRI facility for structural and functional imaging of the brain.

Rochester Chapter of Society for Neuroscience (SFN)

Rochester has an impressively strong neuroscience community. At the University of Rochester alone, neuroscientists are spread across two campuses (College Campus and Medical Center), at least six major departments, as well as two to three major graduate and undergraduate training programs. A large component of our students and faculty are members of SFN, some of them very active within the national organization. Our local SFN Chapter aims to create a greater sense of unity by bringing students, staff and faculty together with the singular purpose of advancing our effectiveness as a scientific community through neuroscience education, dissemination and research.