How does the mind work? How can computers model and
take over some of our cognitive function? I would like to
understand what makes us intelligent and why we
make mistakes at times. I study language processing, dialogue, and decision-making.
Most recently, I have been interested in neural models of language and
discourse in natural language processing.
I use data science techniques for inference from large-scale datasets
and experiments. I create computational, cognitive and statistical models to contribute to a unified theory of cognition.
My work in cognitive science is made possible by
computational linguistics; my research in computer science is
inspired by cognition.
I joined Google Research, leaving a position as
Associate Professor at Penn State, in
2019. Thus, I am not taking new students. If
you'd like to work with me (post-PhD) on NLP and
dialogue, please apply
to Google Research.