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.
- 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 paper accepted "Entropy converges between dialogue participants: explanations from an information-theoretic perspective"
- PLOS ONE paper accepted "Crowdsourcing the Measurement of Interstate Conflict"
(D'Orazio, Kenwick, Lane, Palmer, Reitter)
- ACL paper accepted "Convergence of Syntactic Complexity..."
- Social Science Research Institute funds Carlson/Putnam/Reitter to model syntactic processing in bilinguals
- Oral presentation at Vision Sciences '16, Florida (Liu)
- Talk and Poster at Psychonomics, Granada '16 (Cole, Reitter)
- Talk and Paper at Designing
Interactive Systems, Brisbane '16
- We're 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