Noga Zaslavsky

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Assistant Professor
School of Social Sciences
Ph.D., Hebrew University, 2020, Computaitonal Neuroscience
M.S., Hebrew University, 2015, Computational Neuroscience
B.S., Hebrew University, 2012, Computer Science and Cognitive Science
University of California, Irvine
2231 Social Science Plaza B
Mail Code: 5100
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Computational models; Language and Cognition; Artificial Intelligence; Machine Learning; Natural Language Processing; Information Theory
Research Abstract
My research aims to understand language, learning, and reasoning from first principles, building on ideas and methods from machine learning and information theory. I’m particularly interested in finding computational principles that explain how we use language to represent the environment; how this representation can be learned in humans and in artificial neural networks; how it interacts with other cognitive functions, such as perception, action, social reasoning, and decision making; and how it evolves over time and adapts to changing environments and social needs. I believe that such principles could advance our understanding of human and artificial cognition, as well as guide the development of artificial agents that can evolve on their own human-like communication systems without requiring huge amounts of human-generated training data.
Short Biography
I’m an Assistant Professor in the Language Science Department at UCI. Before joining UCI, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT, in the Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences and the McGovern Institute for Brain Research. I obtained my PhD under the advisorship of Naftali Tishby at the Center for Brain Sciences at the Hebrew University. During grad school, I was also a visiting student at UC Berkeley for two years, and a research intern at IBM Project Debater.
Research Centers
Center for Machine Learning and Intelligent Systems
Center for Theoretical Behavioral Sciences
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