I am a Cognitive Science PhD student at Indiana University and a graduate visitor at the Center for Formal Epistemology at Carnegie Mellon University. My current research is scattered around these topics:
I study grounded language learning in humans and AI, focusing on the effects of various aspects of naturalistic data, tasks, and learning curricula on concept learning. 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 investigate whether & in what ways learning new concepts and their labels influences how we perceive the world and what we are able to do.
I study the mechanisms underlying the development of communication systems (e.g. human languages!) in groups of agents. Here, I am interested in the following questions: 1) how do the properties of evolved communicative systems depend on the learning mechanisms, communicative goals, and the structure of social interactions between the agents, 2) what pressures lead a group to converge on a shared set of communicative conventions, 3) what pressures force a group to increase and diversify their set of communicative conventions (e.g. number of categories that the words refer to).
To (hopefully!) enable effective progress on topics 1-3 (and more), I investigate the foundations of scientific methodology. Here, I attempt to rigorously test the efficiency of different epistemic strategies that the agents can follow when they are trying to learn about the world.
I combine theoretical analyses, behavioral experiments, and computational simulations in my research.
When I am not learning or studying learning, I like to play music, sing, travel, conduct clay & glazing studies, and improve my bird categorization skills.
I am always enthusiastic to discuss your/my research and ideas. Please, 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, Brian Skyrms, Luc Steels
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
April 29th: gave a talk "Against theory-motivated experimentation" at the Pittsburgh Formal Epistemology Workshop
January 21st: our (with R. Goldstone) work showing unequal influences of categories on the color perception of simultaneously present objects is published in Cognition
December 30th: my (solo-author!) review paper on building human-like communicative AI is published in Cognitive Systems Research
December 28th: I am awarded with IU Cognitive Science supplemental fellowship
September 13th: I successfully defended my PhD qualification papers:)
August 22nd: I submitted two PhD qualification papers to IU cognitive science program! The papers are on 1) making progress in cognitive science and 2) grounded language learning in AI.
July 26-29: I am presenting a poster "Categories affect color perception of only some simultaneously present objects" at the Cognitive Science Society conference.
July 21st: I am giving an invited talk "Growing opportunities to grow: towards a model of open-ended communication learning" at the Social Learning and Cultural Evolution workshop
July 18th - July 23rd: I am participating at my favorite ALIFE conference, where I am presenting some preliminary results on modeling open-ended communication learning in groups!
June 14th - July 2nd: I am participating at the SFI Complexity Interactive summer school! Our group project is called "Mapping Complexity: An Epistemological Look at Methods of Study & Discovery"
June 1st - August 23rd: I am supported by the CNS-NRT summer fellowship
May 21st: my very first journal paper "The Influences of Category Learning on Perceptual Reconstructions" got published in the Cognitive Science journal!
March 26: I gave an invited talk "Categorical Perception Meets El Greco" at the HSE Cognitive Research Lab Meeting
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 22 – July 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)