David Reitter

Senior Research Scientist, Google AI
Associate Professor (on leave), Applied Cognitive Science Lab, Penn State
How does the mind work? I would like to understand what makes us intelligent, and why we make mistakes at times. As a computional cognitive scientist, I study language processing, dialogue, and decision-making. My work is computational in two ways. (1) I use data science techniques for inference from large-scale datasets and experiments. (2) I create computational, cognitive and statistical models to contribute to a unified theory of cognition. My work in cognitive science is aided by computational linguistics; my research in computer science is inspired by cognition.

My research group at Penn State is primarily supported by the National Science Foundation (several recent projects).

I am not taking any new students.

David Reitter
what's new in our research group?
  • ACL 2019, full paper: Like a Baby: Like a Baby: Visually Situated Neural Language Acquisition (A. Ororbia, A. Mali, M. Kelly, and D.Reitter)
  • David Reitter is joining Google Research, New York City. The research group at Penn State continues.
  • Dr. Jeremy Cole, thesis defense passed: Incremental planning and buffering in language production: modeling large-scale data. Now: Software Engineer, Google
  • Dr. Alexander G. Ororbia II, thesis defense passed: Coordinated local learning algorithms for continuously adaptive neural systems.
    Now: Assistant Professor Computer Science, Rochester Institute of Technology.
  • Reitter, Tenured, Associated.
Penn State, 2018-:   Associate Professor (tenured), Information Sciences
Penn State, 2012-2018:   Assistant Professor, Information Sciences
Carnegie Mellon, 2008-11:  Post-doc, Psychology
Edinburgh, 2008:  PhD, Informatics/Cognitive Science
U. C. Dublin, 2004:  MSc, Computer Science
Potsdam, 2002:  Dipl., Linguistics
Founder, 2005-:  Aquamacs Emacs