Heather Ames received a BA from UC Berkeley with a major in cognitive neuroscience. She came to the Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems at Boston University in 2003. For her dissertation, she worked with Stephen Grossberg on a model of speaker normalization of speech perception and Frank Guenther on modeling speech motor control, specifically evaluating how speech deficits results from stroke. She completed her PhD in 2009.
Heather became involved with CELEST from its first days in 2004. In 2006 Heather became the founding president of the CELEST Student Group and served from 2006-2008. Heather is currently on the advisory board for the organization.
Heather was also one of the founding members of iSLC (inter-Science of Learning) organization, which is a network of students and postdocs from all 6 of the funded Science of Learning Centers. This group holds a conference annually where the centers take turns in hosting the event. In 2010, CELEST will host the iSLC meeting, and Heather is a co-organizer of the event.
Heather also founded a small technology company, Neurala LLC, with two CELEST colleagues in 2006. This company aims to integrate brain-based technologies into a variety of applications ranging from acoustic scene analysis, to remote sensing, and to financial time series analysis.
Heather became a CELEST postdoc in 2009 to continue her work on speech modeling and to promote CELEST models and technology. She is currently serving as the co-coordinator of the CELEST Catalyst, a new CELEST initiative that she proposed along with another CELEST postdoc, Max Versace, which will facilitate partnerships between CELEST and industry.
Last updated on May 18, 2011