Arch Professor of World Languages

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I am joining UGA's fantastic Linguistics Department in Fall 2018 after a stint as a full-time research scientist at Deepmind. My work centers on language comprehension -- how are we able to understand one another, just by hearing a sequence of words, one by one?  I have sought to answer this question through cognitive modeling -- analyzing the human mind via computer simulation. For more on this line of research, check out this book-length monograph.

I am happily married to Peggy Renwick.


PhD (Cognitive Science) Johns Hopkins University 2003

ScB (Cognitive Science) Brown University 1998

Selected Publications:

Finding Syntax in Human Encephalography with Beam Search. With Chris Dyer, Adhiguna Kuncoro and Jonathan R. Brennan. To be presented at the 56th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Note: best paper award. arxiv version.