Dr. Michael Villano joined the faculty of the University of Notre Dame as a Research Assistant Professor in 2006. Dr. Villano provides research computing consulting for the Department of Psychology. He also serves as the faculty supervisor for both the undergraduate and graduate psychology computer labs. He is the Assistant Director of the eMotion and eCognition laboratory where he conducts research in human robotic interaction and applications of video game and robot technology to such diverse areas as stroke rehabilitation and autism therapy.
Dr. Villano teaches a graduate level Research Methods in Computer Programming class designed for graduate students in Psychology, which is cross-listed for undergraduates in the Computer Applications (CAPP) program. He also teaches a CAPP Special Studies course in Video Game Development using the Half-Life2 game engine and co-teaches a Robotic Practicum, also offered through CAPP.
Prior to joining Notre Dame, Dr. Villano had a 15 year career in industry as a senior software engineer and research scientist at several research and development centers of Fortune 500 companies, primarily in human-computer interaction groups. He obtained his doctorate in Experimental Psychology from New York University in 1991 and his BA in Psychology and Certificate in CAPP from the University of Notre Dame in 1983.
CAPP 30390 Programming for video game development / MW / 9:30am -10:45am (Spring)
CAPP 30400 Research Methods in Computer Programming / TR / 9:30am - 10:45am (Fall)
CAPP 40546 Practicum in Robitics / TR / 2:00pm - 3:15pm (Spring)