Mind Flight

IHMC Senior Research Scientist Kevin Gluck will speak about the human mind on March 28th in Ocala.

Kevin Gluck’s life and career paths have taken a circuitous route from California to New Jersey to Texas to Europe and back. He currently is a senior research scientist with the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition, which is headquartered in Pensacola and has a branch in Ocala. 

His IHMC bio notes that Gluck “has a leadership role in building a basic and applied research program in computational cognitive sciences, will be a contributing faculty member to the Joint UWF-IHMC Intelligent Systems and Robotics Ph.D. program, and will play a prominent role in fostering collaborations in these areas with government, industry and academia.”

He has a bachelor’s degree from Trinity University, 

master’s and doctorate degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and was awarded a training fellowship from the Air Force Research Laboratory. He has collaborated on research topics such as spatial processing, fatigue effects on cognitive function, robust decision making, personalized learning and human-machine teaming.

When asked what put him on his career path, Gluck says he sampled college classes in a variety of academic departments and found psychology the most interesting. That became his major, with a concentration in cognitive psychology. 

“I did a summer research position at Brooks Air Force Base then was hired as a research assistant at Lackland Air Force Base,” he shares. “These were amazing career development experiences that taught me about the fascinating, productive intersection of basic and applied research in cognitive science.”

In Ocala, he will lecture on Mind Flight: A Sampling of Things We Now Know about the Human Mind. 

“It draws metaphorically on the experience of a sampler platter at a restaurant or a beer flight at a brewery,” he explains. “I will serve as your cognitive bier meister, offering a set of insights about our minds, with content drawn from a combination of my own research and the broader scientific community.”

Gluck shares that he embraced challenges even at an early age, including an Olympic-distance triathlon when he was 12 and a high school study abroad in France that was “full immersion.” He is married and has two children with his wife, Julie, who is an artist, and enjoys biking, hiking, snowboarding and traveling. OS

The lecture will take place at 15 SE Osceola Ave., beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m. To learn more and RSVP, go to ihmc.us/life/evening_lectures/ocala-lecture-series

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