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Malcolm MacIver received the B.Sc. degree in Computer Science at the University of Toronto, the M.A. degree in Philosophy at the University of Toronto, and the PhD degree in Neuroscience at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 2001. He was then postdoctoral fellow at Caltech in Mechanical Engineering. He is now Associate Professor at Northwestern University with joint appointments in the Mechanical Engineering  and Biomedical Engineering departments, and an adjunct appointment in the Department of Neurobiology and Physiology. He received the 2009 Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering. He is a member of the Society of Neuroscience, the American Physical Society, the IEEE, and the International Society for Neuroethology.

The unifying theme of MacIver's research is the multidisciplinary analysis of animal function using three approaches: mechanics and robotics for understanding the ways in which the body contributes to adaptive behavior; neurobiology for understanding the body’s control system; and computational modeling, for constructing large scale simulations of animal behavior. He's also interested in bringing research out to the broader community through science-inspired interactive art installations, writing on AI and robotics for Discover Magazine's "Science Not Fiction" blog, and consulting for science fiction films and TV series (Tron Legacy, Joss Whedon's The Avengers, and Caprica).

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