Ali Qadri

My Research

My research is split into three main aspects. My undergraduate work began in low-level shape perception. This includes shape from shading research and contour based 2D shape processing. In my graduate years, I became heavily involved in action recognition and its mechanisms in pigeons. Lastly, I conduct some research in auditory perception. One of the big themes in my research is comparative work, spanning two bird species and one primate species (undergraduates), and large datasets. The research I conduct aims to be broadly general to birds as a class and highlight their similarities and differences with human perception.

My Tools

I am functional in several programming languages and use all of the following in my research: Matlab, Python, VBA, VB6. I am also well versed in C++. If you are a researcher and need a consultation that involves any of these language, do not hesitate to contact me.

My research gives me the opportunity to work with many stimulus generation and analysis programs as well. Among these are Photoshop, GIMP, 3ds MAX, blender, ImageMagick, SIGNAL, matlab, VB6, and Poser. While I am not "a pro" at any of these softwares, I can sufficiently control them all for stimulus generation work. If you are a researcher and need a consultation that involves any of these programs, especially in large parametrically designed sets, feel free to contact me.

About Me

I am an engineer and a programmer at heart, but I love trying to figure out how the brain works. I received my B.S. in Cognitive and Brain Sciences from Tufts in May 2010, and after that I joined the lab in a Ph.D. program. After graduating, I hope to pursue teaching and research.

You can contact me at Muhammad (dot) Qadri (at) Tufts (dot) edu.

Selected Publications

Qadri, M. A. & Cook, R. G. (2015). Experimental divergences in the visual cognition of birds and mammals. Comparative Cognition and Behavior Reviews, 10, 73-105.

Qadri, M. A. & Cook, R. G. (2015). The perception of Glass patterns by starlings (Sturnus vulgaris). Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 22, 687-693.

Cook, R. G. & Qadri, M. A. (2014). Visualizing search behavior with adaptive discriminations. Behavioural Processes, 102, 40-50.

Qadri, M. A., Sayde, J. M. & Cook, R. G. (2014). Discrimination of complex human behavior by pigeons (Columba livia) and humans. PLOS One, 9, e1122342.

Qadri, M. A., Asen, Y. & Cook, R. G. (2014). Visual control of an action discrimination in pigeons. Journal of Vision, 1, 19.

Qadri, M. A., Romero, M. L. & Cook, R. G. (2014). Shape-from-shading in European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris). Journal of Comparative Psychology, 128, 343-356.

Cook, R. G. & Qadri, M. A. (2013). The adaptive analysis of visual cognition using genetic algorithms. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 39, 356-376.

Cook, R. G., Qadri, M. A., Kieres, A. & Commons-Miller, N. (2012). Shape from shading in pigeons. Cognition, 24, 284-303.

Comparative Cognition Lab

Tufts University

robert.cook@tufts.edu