GB Nominee Biographies
My research program explores the cognitive mechanisms that support language learning. My work particularly focuses on how a learner’s semantic representations support language processing and word learning, and seek to understand how these representations lead to individual differences in language skills. My work is interdisciplinary, and incorporates a broad arsenal of computational, behavioral and neurobiological approaches. I also interact with clinically-minded researchers with translational interests, and hope to encourage more of these interactions with clinicians in the society.
The enduring strength and future of Cognitive Science lies in its ability to welcome researchers from a variety of backgrounds. I am excited about advancing the diversity of our field in several ways. First, I hope to encourage increasing interactions among scientists with clinical interests who might serve to complement and enrich our society. Secondly, I have been participating in a society initiative to promote participation of cognitive scientists with child care needs and under-represented groups. I hope to have the opportunity to amplify these contributions as a member of the governing board.
Psychology, linguistics, neurobiology and philosophy, all played a significant role in establishing AI as a discipline in the 1950s. Similarly, AI contributed to the founding of the discipline of cognitive science in the 1970s. I seek to join the Governing Board of the Cognitive Science Society to help bring the AI and cognitive science communities back together again. AI is booming, and I believe that cognitive science has much to contribute to, as well as benefit from, the AI boom.
I am a professor of human-centered computing in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology. I work on cognitive systems at the intersection of AI, cognitive science, and human-centered computing. In particular, I build AI models of human cognition, for example, analogical thinking and visual thinking, and, in the other direction, I develop cognitively-inspired theories of AI in design and education.
I have published in Cognitive Science Society conferences regularly since 1991, and have been on the conference program committees each year since 2010. I was a Co-Chair of CogSci 2019 with its theme of Creativity + Cognition + Computation. I am also the Editor-in-Chief of AAAI’s AI Magazine.
The Cognitive Science Society is pleased to announce the establishment of the CogSci Grove which aims to mobilise cognitive scientists to offset carbon emissions associated with their professional activities.