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Sterling Somers is a PhD in Cognitive Science. His main approach to the science is via modeling mainly in ACT-R and, more recently, in the Nengo Neural Simulator.

His dissertation work was an affordance-inspired model of aperture passage that proposes that a set of affordances (what actions are available) can be inferred through comparing features of the environment and body schemas. The body schemas can also be used to plan action, and the processes involved in the inference can be used to monitor motor behaviour. 

To model aperture passage behaviour, Sterling introduced a extension to ACT-R, ACT-R 3D.

Currently Sterling is a Contract Instructor at the Institute of Cognitive Science at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada). 


Current Projects:

  • Spiking neuron model of visible persistence in Nengo
  • Aperture-passage model in ACT-R 3D



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