Current: Brain & Cognitive Sciences, MIT
Future (Fall 2024): Department of Linguistics, Stanford
I’m a post-doctoral researcher at MIT, supervised by Ev Fedorenko, and a future Assistant Professor at Stanford Linguistics (starting fall 2024). I did my PhD in computational linguistics at Ohio State, where I was advised by William Schuler and Micha Elsner.
I use computational and experimental methods to study language and the mind, particularly (1) the cognitive processes that allow us to understand the things we hear and read so quickly, (2) the learning signals that we leverage as children to acquire language from the environment, and (3) the role played by real-time information processing constraints in shaping language learning and comprehension.
I often build deep learning models to investigate these questions, and I’m actively developing machine learning techniques to help scientists understand complex dynamical systems like the human mind and brain. My work intersects machine learning, cognitive science, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, statistics, and (psycho)linguistics.
I’ve also done some linguistic analysis of Guaraní (spoken in Paraguay) and Iyasa (spoken in Cameroon).