David Reitter

How does the mind work? Seeking answers to this broad question, I focus on language production and decision-making. I create computational models of language use via inference from large-scale datasets and experiments. My work in cognitive science is aided by computational linguistics; my contributions to computer science are inspired by cognition.

Recently funded projects include three NSF grants in linguistics, computer science and social sciences, and an Air Force OSR contract. Please see here for details on these projects, and contact me for job opportunities.

David Reitter
what's new?
  • My student Yafei Wang successfully defended her PhD thesis on 4/15/2017. She will take up her position at Microsoft Research next month.
  • SBP-BRiMS 2017 papers accepted: Is Word Adoption a Grassroots Process? An Analysis of Reddit Communities (Jeremy Cole, Moojan Ghafurian), and How Emotional Support and Informational Support Relate to Linguistic Alignment
  • ACL 2017 paper accepted by Yang Xu: Spectral Analysis of Information Density in Dialogue Predicts Collaborative Task Performance
  • Yang Xu's Cognition paper accepted: Entropy in conversation: Towards an information-theoretic model of dialogue
  • 2017 TopiCS issue out on Computational Models of Memory
  • The book is out: Big Data in Cognitive Science (M. Jones, ed.) - with a chapter on studies in computational psycholinguistics.
  • ACL 2016 paper accepted "Entropy converges between dialogue participants: explanations from an information-theoretic perspective" (Xu, Reitter)
  • PLOS ONE paper accepted "Crowdsourcing the Measurement of Interstate Conflict" (D'Orazio, Kenwick, Lane, Palmer, Reitter)
  • ACL 2016 paper accepted "Convergence of Syntactic Complexity..." (Xu, Reitter)
  • Social Science Research Institute funds Carlson/Putnam/Reitter to model syntactic processing in bilinguals
  • Talk and Paper at Designing Interactive Systems, Brisbane '16 (Ghafurian, Reitter)
  • I am at SBP-BRiMS as program co-chair, at ACL '16 as area chair
  • ICCM 2016 is coming to Penn State (Ritter and Reitter, general chairs)
  • NSF funding $1M (social/economic): Updating the Militarized Dispute Data Through Crowdsourcing
  • NSF funding CRII (computer science): Alignment in web-forum discourse
Penn State, 2012-:   Asst. 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