Elan Barenholtz, Ph.D.

Co-director of MPCR Lab
Associate Professor in The Department of Psychology
Associate Professor in The Center for Complex Systems & Brain Sciences


Dr. Elan Barenholtz is the Co-Director of the Machine Perception and Cognitive Robotics (MPCR) Lab at FAU. Elan began his career as an experimental psychologist, investigating human perception from a behavioral/cognitive-science perspective. The remarkable recent success of artificial neural networks—computer simulations of brain computation that learn—convinced him that an important piece of the puzzle of the brain had been discovered. He co-founded the MPCR to develop theories and applications of broad brain properties—such as perception, attention, curiosity and creativity — and test them embedded in robotic agents and applied to real-world problems. Since 2015, the MPCR has engaged hundreds of people across academic levels, scientific disciplines and industries in the new field of deep learning artificial intelligence and its many applications. Elan earned his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology/Cognitive Science at Rutgers University and postdoctoral study at Brown University.


Ph.D., Rutgers University, New Brunswick
M.A., Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Contact Information

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Boca Raton - Behavioral Sciences (BS-12), Room 212

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Scholarly Activities

Reviewer for NSF Panel
Editorial Board Member, Frontiers in Psychology