Deborah ForsterPrimatologist/Cognitive Scientist
Deborah Forster’s projects include developing and implementing the use of social robots in early childhood education (RUBI Project) as a member of the Machine Perception Lab at the Qualcomm Institute of UC San Diego. Other projects involve design-context research activities in areas as diverse as gut microbiome, equine pain-detection, and infant biometrics. Forster continues to integrate her field research on social complexity and distributed cognition in olive baboons with research on learning and human-robot interactions. She is training as a Feldenkrais practitioner, having just completed a semester of teaching Feldenkrais in a Mind-is-for-Movement seminar in the local school of architecture, and collaborating in research on the influence of short Feldenkrais Awareness-Through-Movement lessons on 1st and 2nd graders. Forster has had a long-term collaboration with artist Rachel Mayeri’s Primate Cinema series. She is currently a Project Scientist at The Qualcomm Institute, UC San Diego. Forster received her BS in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution, her MS and PhD in cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego.