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Monica Padilla, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Center for Vision Science and Technology and Visual Processing Laboratory, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California

http://vpl.usc.edu/people/padilla.html

Education




August, 1997–May, 2003 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA

  • Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering (GPA 3.58).

    Dissertation: “English phoneme and word recognition by nonnative English listeners as a function of spectral resolution and English experience”.

    Related courses: Structure and Management of Clinical Trials, Regulation of Medical Devices.

August, 1996–May, 1998 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA

  • M.S., Biomedical Engineering.

    Thesis: “Speaker-Independent Vowel Recognition With Coarse Spectral Information Using a TDNN”.

August, 1988–April, 1995 Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Bogota, Colombia

  • B.S., Electronic Engineering.

    Thesis: “Study of Three Mathematical Models in the Cancellation of Acoustic Noise”, Co-author: Navarro, F.R.

Professional Experience




September, 2003–Present University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA

Postdoctoral Research Associate

  • Recruitment and screening of subjects for testing.

  • Working on visual and auditory perception and perceptual learning, using Psychophysical and fMRI techniques.

  • Processing and generation of visual and auditory signals for testing.

  • Design and implementation of an auditory lab.

  • Prepare research study protocols and submissions for IRB.

  • Supervision and training of Undergraduate and Graduate students.

May, 1997–September, 2003 University of Southern California-House Ear Institute Los Angeles, CA

Research Assistant

  • Used Artificial Neural Networks for speech pattern recognition.

  • Worked on the development of a Consonant database for testing.

  • Worked on speech recognition by nonnative English listeners.

  • Processed speech signals used for testing (simulation of cochlear implant hearing).

  • Recruitment and screening of subjects for testing and perform hearing tests on future subjects.

  • Calibration of equipment required for speech testing.

May, 1995–July, 1996 Sucromiles, S.A. Cali, Colombia

Electronic Maintenance Engineer

  • Developed a program using the company truck scale.

  • Designed and implemented an Electronic Lab for the Maintenance Department.

  • Supervise personnel during absences of my supervisor, head of the Electric Maintenance Department.

August, 1990–December, 1991 Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Bogotá, Colombia

Computer Lab Assistant

  • In charge of the Engineering Computer Lab.

  • Responsible for giving courses in the use of Pascal Language.

August, 1988–December, 1988 Centro Colombo Americano Cali, Colombia

English Teacher

  • Teach English to children and adults.

Skills




  • Fluent in English and Spanish.

  • Knowledge of programming languages and Windows based programs.

Awards




  • 2006 – Travel Fellowship for the 25th CVS symposium Statistical learning & brain plasticity.

  • 2006 – WiSE Travel Grant for Graduate Students and Post-doctoral Fellows.

  • 2003 – Student Travel Award for the Conference on Implantable Auditory Prosthesis.

  • 2002 – 2nd Place Student Paper Competition, Acoustical Society of America.

  • 2002 – 3rd Place Poster Presentation in USC Grodins Symposium.

  • 2002 – Student Travel Award for the ARO Conference.

  • 2001 – Student Travel Award, 32nd Neural Prosthesis Workshop, NIH.

  • 1997-2003 – Research Assistanship, University of Southern California & House Ear Institute.

  • 1996 – Colfuturo Scholarship for Graduate Studies, Colombia.

  • 1995 – One of the best five B.S. Thesis of the Graduation class, Colombia.

  • 1987 – Andres Bello Medal for Top High School Students, Colombia.

  • 1987 – 2nd Place in Graduation Class, Colombia.

Mentored/Supervised Students




  • October, 2006-Present, Benjamin Files (Graduate student, Neuroscience Program, USC).

  • August, 2006-Present, Junkwan Lee (Graduate student, Biomedical Engineering, USC).

  • September, 2003-Present, Jeff Wurfel (Graduate student, Neuroscience Program, USC).

  • January-June, 2006, Phebe Greewood (Undergraduate student, Biomedical Engineering, USC).

  • August, 2005-May, 2006, Aaron Wong (Undergraduate student, Biomedical Engineering, USC)

  • January-May, 2005, Adam Gibbons (Undergraduate student, Biomedical Engineering, USC).

publications




  • Grzywacz, N.M. and Padilla, M. (2007). “Bayesian Generalization of Statistical Learning Theory for Noisy Neural Representations”, in preparation (for submission to Journal of Neural Computation).

  • Lee, E-J, Padilla, M., Merwine, D.K. and Grzywacz, N.M. (2007). “Visual experience regulates the integrity of Horizontal cells in the mouse retina”, in preparation.

  • Padilla, M. and Shannon, R.V. (2007). “English phoneme and word recognition by nonnative English speakers as a function of English experience and spectral resolution”, in preparation (for submission to Journal of Acoustical Society of America).

  • Padilla, M. and Grzywacz, N.M. (2007). “Different Types of Perceptual Learning in a Speed-Segmentation Task”, in preparation (for submission to Vision Research).

  • Lee, E-J, Merwine, D.K., Padilla, M. and Grzywacz, N.M. (2007). “Choline Acetyltransferase Immunoreactive Neurons in the retina of normal and dark-reared turtle”, Journal of Comparative Neurology (accepted).

  • Padilla, M., Fogleman, A., Bitel, L. and Grzywacz, N.M. (2007). “Effects of Culture on Sensory Perception and Their Possible Implications for Religious Visions”, Visionaries and Vision Hunters Workshop, pp. 1-21.

  • Grzywacz, N.M. and Padilla, M. (2006). “Biological Neural Control”, Wiley Encyclopedia of Biomedical Engineering, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., DOI: 10.1002/9780471740360.ebs0828

  • Shannon, R.V., Jensvold, A., Padilla, M., Robert, M. and Wang, X. (1999). “Consonant recordings for speech testing”, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 106(6), L71-L74.

published abstracts




  • Padilla, M. and Grzywacz, N.M. (2006). “Does Perceptual Learning acquire the prior?”, 25th CVS Symposium, P13.

  • Padilla, M. and Grzywacz, N.M. (2006). “Is Statistical Learning Theory applicable to the Human Brain?”, Vision Science Society meeting, B42-271, 48.

  • Padilla, M. and Grzywacz, N.M. (2004). “Perceptual Learning in a Motion-Segmentation task”, Society for Neuroscience.

  • Padilla, M. and Grzywacz, N.M. (2004). “What can we learn in Perceptual Learning?”, Joint Symposium on Neural Computation.

  • Padilla, M. and Shannon, R. V. (2002). “Could lack of experience with a second language be modeled as a hearing loss?”, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 112, 2385.

meetings and Workshops




  • USC CRCC, Visionaries and Vision Hunters Workshop, February 2007.

  • 25th CVS symposium Statistical learning & brain plasticity, University of Rochester, June 2006.

  • Vision Science Society Meeting, Sarasota, FL, May 2006

  • Center for Vision & Science Technology Symposium, University of Southern California, March 2005.

  • Society for Neuroscience Meeting (SFN), San Diego, CA, October 2004.

  • Joint Symposium on Neural Computation, University of Southern California, May 2004.

  • Conference on Implantable Auditory Prosthesis, Asilomar Conference Grounds, CA, August 2003.

  • Grodins Graduate Research Symposium, University of Southern California, March 2003.

  • Acoustical Society of America Meeting, Cancun, Mexico, December 2002.

professional Membership




  • 2005-Present, Vision Science Society.

  • 2004-Present, Society for Neuroscience.

  • 1998-2004, Acoustical Society of America.

  • 1991-2003, IEEE.


4864 Premiere Avenue• Long Beach, Ca 90808 • Phone: (562) 425-2383

Email: monica.padilla@usc.edu




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