somewhere in the Russian forest (learning advanced techniques of data analysis)

Marina Dubova

I am a Cognitive Science PhD student at Indiana University. I study grounded language learning in humans and AI, focusing on the effects of various aspects of naturalistic data, tasks, and training regimes on language acquisition. I take inspiration from the idea that natural communication is grounded in one’s goals, perception, and action in the world. I examine 1) why grounding is essential for human language learning, 2) what concrete aspects of grounding should be incorporated into language-learning AI systems to improve their capabilities, and 3) how this can be done. I combine theoretical analyses, behavioral experiments, and computational simulations in my research. I also like to think about scientific progress in general, which motivates me to constantly improve how I conduct my research.

I am always enthusiastic to discuss your/my research, ideas, and the fundamental questions of mind and development! Feel free to contact me :)

Cognitive Scientists who shaped my thinking the most: James McClelland & David Rumelhart, Andy Clark, Linda Smith, Sam Gershman, Rob Goldstone, Pierre-Yves Oudeyer, Randall Beer, Uri Hasson, James DiCarlo, Luc Steels, Justin Wood

I am grateful to be supported by these people: Arseny Moskvichev, Polina Greskova, Alexey Filippov, Roman Tikhonov, Vili Hätönen, George Moroz, Grigory Anufriev, Thomas Gorman, Eleanor Schille-Hudson, Rob Goldstone, Peter Todd + many others


Sept 17 - Sept 25: I am presenting our work "The Influences of Category Learning on Perceptual Reconstructions" at the 61st Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society: check out our poster here!

Sept 17 - Sept 25: Presenting our work "Reinforcement Communication Learning in Different Social Network Structures" at NetSci!

July 29 - Aug 1: Participating at CogSci annual conference!

July 18: Presenting our work "Reinforcement Communication Learning in Different Social Network Structures" at ICML Language and Reinforcement Learning workshop!

July 16: I'm presenting the work "Effects of Supervision, Population Size, and Self-Play on Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning to Communicate" at ALIFE conference (feel free to join the discussion!)

July 13 - July 18: I am participating at ALIFE and ICML conferences!

March 12 .... 2020: I am isolating at home, drinking tea, and working *very productively*

June 22July 3, 2020: I will attend SINSA2020 (won fee remission by IUNI-SINSA Scholars program)

June 14 – July 10, 2020: I will attend the Complex Systems Summer School at Santa Fe Institute (whoa!)

March 1 – March 3, 2020: I gave a talk on the mechanisms of categorical perception at Emory University, Georgia (Mechanisms of Learning Forum)