Evie A. Malaia

Associate Professor

Office Hours

By email appointment


Ph.D., Purdue University, 2005

M.S., Chuvash State Pedagogical University, Russia, 2001

B.S., Chuvash State Pedagogical University, Russia, 2000

Curriculum Vitae

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Research Interests

  • Neural modeling in Autism Spectrum Disorders from infancy to adulthood
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders (ASD, ADHD, dyslexia, etc.)
  • Sign Language acquisition and  processing (American Sign Language, Austrian Sign Language, Croatian Sign Language)
  • Signal processing in cognitive neuroscience (EEG, fMRI, fNIRS, motion capture)

Selected Publications

Current grant support

NSF #1932547 Collaborative Research in Cyber-Physical Systems: RF Sensing in Sign Language-Driven Smart Environments (Link grant title to: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1932547)

10/01/2019 – 9/30/2021; Co-PI (PI: Sevgi Gurbuz, UA Engineering).


NSF #1734938 Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems/NCS-FO: Neuroimaging to Advance Computer Vision, NLP, and AI (Link grant title to: https://nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1734938)

8/15/2017 – 8/15/2020; Co-PI (PI: Jeff Siskind, Purdue University, Engineering; Ronnie Wilbur, Purdue University, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences)


Alabama Life Research Institute pilot grant (link funder name to: http://ovpred.ua.edu/alabama-life-research-institute/): Brain pathways for perception-to-cognition in ASD

8/15/2019 – 7/31/2021; PI (co-PI: Firat Soylu, UA Education).


University of Alabama College Academy for Research grant (link funder name to: https://carsca.as.ua.edu/): Training in autism diagnostic observation scale tool (ADOS-2)

08/15/19 – 07/31/2020; PI (co-PI: Angie Barber, Communicative Disorders)


Recent Publications

In press: In press: Malaia, E.A., Wilbur, R.B. Syllable as a unit of information transfer in linguistic communication: the Entropy Syllable Parsing model. WIREs Cognitive Science.

In press: Krebs, J., Malaia, E.A., Wilbur, R.B., Roehm, D. Interaction between topic marking and subject preference strategy in sign language processing. Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience.

2018     Malaia, E., Wilbur, R.B. Visual and linguistic components of short-term memory: Generalized Neural Model (GNM) for spoken and sign languages. Cortex, 112, 69-79.


2018     Borneman,J. D., Malaia E., Wilbur, R.B., Motion characterization using optical flow and fractal complexity. Journal of Electronic Imaging, 27(5), 051229.


2018    Krebs, J., Malaia, E., Wilbur, R. B., & Roehm, D. Subject preference emerges as cross-modal strategy for linguistic processing. Brain Research, 1691, 105-117.


2018    Malaia, E., Borneman, J.D., Wilbur, R.B. Information transfer capacity of articulators in American Sign Language. Language and Speech, 61(1), 97-112.


2018     Blumenthal-Drame, A., Malaia, E. Shared neural and cognitive mechanisms in
action and language: The Multi-Scale Information Transfer framework. WIREs Cognitive Science

https://doi.org/ 10.1002/wcs.1484

2017    Malaia, E. Methodologies for quantitative analysis of information transfer in sign language and gesture data (commentary). Behavioral and Brain Sciences.



2017    Malaia, E., Cockerham, D., Rublein, K. Visual integration of fear and anger emotional cues by children on autism spectrum and neurotypical peers: an EEG study. Neuropsychologia, 126:138-146.



“Dysregulation of temporal dynamics of synchronous neural activity in adolescents on autism spectrum” 

Authors: Malaia, E.A., Ahn, S., Rubchinsky, L.L.