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Amgen Scholars: Announcements of Opportunity

Below are Announcements of Opportunity posted by Caltech faculty for the Amgen Scholars program.

Announcements of Opportunity are posted as they are received. Please check back regularly for new AO submissions! Remember: This is just one way that you can go about identifying a suitable project and/or mentor. For additional tips on identifying a mentor click here.

Please remember:

  • Students pursuing Amgen must be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or students with DACA status.
  • Students pursuing Amgen must complete the 10-week program from June 21 - August 25, 2023. Students must commit to these dates. No exceptions will be made.
  • Accepted students must live in provided Caltech housing.

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Project:  GPU estimation of computational models of the impact of attention on simple choice
Discipline:  Computer Science
Mentor:  Antonio Rangel, Bing Prof. of Neuroscience & Economics, (HSS), arangel@caltech.edu
Mentor URL:  http://www.rnl.caltech.edu  (opens in new window)
Background:  Cognitive neuroscientists have developed computational models of how visual fixations influence the computation and comparison of the values of options at the time of choice. These models can provide highly accurate predictions about the effect of attention on choices and reaction times, once a small number of free parameters is fit using out-of-sample data. Fitting these parameters is computationally very costly and takes too long with existing software, which has impeded research in this area.
Description:  This project involves building a tool box for estimating the free parameters of the attentional Drift Diffusion Model of simple choice using GPUs. In particular, the toolbox will adapt and optimize an existing algorithm to take advantage of the computational capabilities of GPUs. The project will also involve building a simple website to document how to use the toolbox.
References:  https://doi.org/10.1038/nn.2635

Student Requirements:  Required: CS 2, sufficient previous experience programming GPUs
Suggested: CS3, CS4, CS11, CS38, CS130, CS 132
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    Caltech students only 

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