Michael A. Arbib

Expert on the evolution of human language, cognitive neuroscience and brain mechanisms

USC University Professor

Holder of the Fletcher Jones Chair in Computer Science

Director, USC Brain Project

Professor of computer science, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Professor of biological science and psychology, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Member, USC Program in Neural, Informational and Behavioral Sciences


  • mirror neurons
  • evolution of human language
  • brain-inspired computer technology
  • relation of science to religion
  • cognitive and computational neuroscience
  • brain research on the information superhighway
  • neuroinformatics
  • brain theory

Additional Information

  • Author of about 35 books on brain research, computer science and theories of computation and systems, including Who Needs Emotion: The Robot Meets the Brain (expected, 2005), Action to Language via the Mirror Neuron System (expected, 2005), Handbook of Brain Theory and Neural Networks, 2nd ed. (2003) and Neural Organization (1997)
  • Fellow, American Association for Artificial Intelligence
  • Doctor of science (honoris causa), University of Western Australia (2005)


  • Michael Arbib - Minding Design Symposium Highlights

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