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Alama, Jesse

Jesse Alama is a post-doctoral researcher in the Dialogical Foundations of Semantics project based at the Center for Artificial Intelligence at the New University of Lisbon in Portugal and also works part-time as an Assistant Editor for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.  He completed his Ph.D. in 2009 under the supervision of Grigori Mints in the Stanford University Department of Philosophy. His dissertation, Formal Proofs and Refutations, extends and re-interprets the critical philosophy of mathematics of Imre Lakatos in the light of the results of modern automated theorem proving (especially proof checking).

Barker-Plummer, Dave

Dave Barker-Plummer is an Senior Research Scientist at Stanford University's Center for the Study of Language and Information. He holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Artificial Intelligence atEdinburgh University. Since 1995 he has managed the Openproof project's work on educational software for teaching logic at the undergraduate level.  He is the author of papers on automated reasoning, reasoning with diagrams, and architectures for heterogeneous reasoning.  He co-edited the collection Words, Proofs and Diagrams and was program chair of the Diagrams 2006 conference. Dave has taught computer science and logic at StanfordSwarthmore College and Duke University. In his spare time Dave indulges his rock-star fantasies with PAN!C.

Bresnan, Joan

Joan Bresnan, Ph.D. MIT 1972, is Sadie Dernham Patek Professor in Humanities Emerita at Stanford University and a senior researcher at Stanford’s Center for the Study of Language and Information, where she has established the Spoken Syntax Lab.

Carvalhaes, Claudio

Claudio G. Carvalhaes received the Ph.D. degree in physics from the Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niteroi, RJ, Brazil. He is currently a Sr. Data Scientist at MentAd and a researcher at the Suppes Brain Lab at the Center for the Study of Language and Information at Stanford University. His research interests include the physics-EEG interface, theoretical physics, and interdisciplinary fields.

Davies, Todd

Todd Davies is the Associate Director of the Symbolic Systems Program. He holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology and M.S. and B.S. degrees in Statistics, all from Stanford. His research focuses on group deliberation, decision making, and social informatics.

de Barros, Jose Acacio

Jose Acacio de Barros is an Assistant Professor at San Francisco State University's Liberal Studies Program since Fall 2007. Before coming to SFSU, he was a Visiting Associate Professor at the Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI), Stanford University, and an Associate Professor of Physics at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil.

Most of his research is in foundations of physics, in particular the foundations of quantum mechanics, and the physics of biological systems. He is also interested in research in physics education.

Etchemendy, John

John Etchemendy is provost at Stanford University, a professor of philosophy and symbolic systems at Stanford University and director of The Openproof Project at the Center for the Study of Language and Information.

Flickinger, Daniel

Senior Research Associate with the Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY), and Project Manager of the LinGO Laboratory at Stanford University

Frank, Michael

How do we learn to communicate using language? I study children's language learning and how it interacts with their developing understanding of the social world. I use behavioral experiments, computational tools, and novel measurement methods like large-scale web-based studies, eye-tracking, and head-mounted cameras.

Michael Frank is an associate professor of psychology at Stanford, Mike did his his undergrad at Stanford in Symbolic Systems and his PhD work at MIT. 

Goodman, Noah

Noah Goodman is Assistant Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Assistant Professor (by courtesy) of Linguistics and Computer Science at Stanford University. He currently directs the Computation & Cognition Lab (CoCoLab) at Stanford.

His research focuses on :

  • Computational models of cognition, integrating logic and probability. 
  • Concepts, categorization, and intuitive theories. 
  • Causal learning and reasoning. 
  • Social cognition: reasoning about others' goals, beliefs, and actions. 
  • Cognitive development, especially the acquisition of abstract knowledge. 
  • Natural language semantics and pragmatics. 
  • Probabilistic programming languages.
Kaneshiro, Blair

Blair Kaneshiro is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Stanford University’s Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI) and Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).  Her research focuses on the study of musical engagement using both neurophysiological and behavioral data collected in controlled laboratory experiments, as well as large-scale industrial datasets.  Blair earned her PhD in Computer-Based Music Theory and Acoustics, MS in Electrical Engineering, MA in Music, Science, and Technology, and BA in Music, all from Stanford.

Kuperman, Victor

External Visiting Researcher

Lassiter, Daniel

Daniel Lassiter is an assistant professor of Linguistics at Stanford University. He directs the Psychosemantics Lab at the Center for the Study of Language and Information. His research focuses on natural language semantics and pragmatics, particularly on connections between language understanding and psychological, computational, and philosophical theories of reasoning and decision-making under uncertainty. He is the author of Measurement and Modality: The Scalar Basis of Modal Semantics, to appear with Oxford University Press.

Nguyen, Duc

Duc Nguyen received her B.S. in Bioengineering (Premedical) from the University of California, San Diego. With three years of research and programming experience at UCSD and expertises in small animal surgeries, she is now a Research Assistant at Suppes Brain Lab. She runs EEG experiments for the psychotherapists and Research Associates in emotion and phonemes classifications. Duc maintains the lab and the experimental equipment and software and assists in the creation of the visual and auditory stimuli and analysis programs.

Nodelman, Uri

Dr. Uri Nodelman is a Research Associate at the Center for the Study of Language and Information, Stanford University.  He serves as the ​Senior Editor of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.  ​He obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Stanford in 2007, having completed a dissertation thesis titled Continuous Time Bayesian Networks. ​Nodelman has published several papers in the proceedings of conferences on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence. 

Oppenheimer, Paul E.

Paul E. Oppenheimer is an Assistant Editor of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy​.  He has published (co-authored) papers in the Journal of Logic and Computation, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Journal of Molecular Structure​, International Journal of Quantum Chemistry, and Physical Review B​, among others.  Paul holds an M.A. in Philosophy from Princeton University, and was the runner-up for the Gordon Bell Prize in supercomputing in 1993.

Paulo Guimaraes de Assis, Leonardo

Leonardo P. G. De Assis is a Research Associate at Suppes Brain Lab - Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI), Stanford University.

He has undergraduate degree in mathematics from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and master and Phd degrees in Physics  from Brazilian Center for Research in Physics, Brazil, with publication in nonlinear dynamics, quantum field theory, nuclear physics and physics of plasmas.

He is currently employing techniques from dynamical systems, and field theory to model the so-called "Neural Binding Problem".

Pease, Emma

Emma Pease is a System Administrator for the Openproof project, an Associate Editor for the CSLI Publications project, and an Assistant Editor for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy project.  

Perry, John

John Perry is Henry Waldgrave Stuart Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Stanford University, and co-director of the CEC at CSLI. His research interests include philosophy of language, philosophy of mind and pragmatics. He has authored several books, including most recently, Reference and Reflexivity.

Peters, Stanley

Stanley Peters is Director Emeritus of the Center for the Study of Language and Information and a Professor Emeritus of Linguistics.  His research interests include dialogue systems, the computation of meaning from corpora, conversational Intelligence, the semantics of quantification, situation theory and situation semantics, and the mathematical properties of grammars

Potts, Christopher

Christopher Potts is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Stanford and Director of CSLI.  In his research, he uses computational methods to explore how emotion is expressed in language and how linguistic production and interpretation are influenced by the context of utterance.  He is the author of the 2005 book The Logic of Conventional Implicatures as well as numerous scholarly papers in computational and theoretical linguistics.  He earned his BA from NYU in 1999 and his PhD from UC Santa Cruz in 2003.

Skokowski, Paul

Paul Skokowski is a Consulting Professor in Symbolic Systems and Philosophy at Stanford, and directs the CEC project at CSLI.  His research interests include philosophy of mind, cognitive science and philosophy of science.  


Trotzke, Andreas

Andreas Trotzke is a postdoc in the Department of Linguistics, University of Konstanz, and a visiting researcher at CSLI. He has been a lecturer at the University of Potsdam and a visiting scientist at MIT and UC San Diego. His research interests include syntax, the syntax-pragmatics interface, and sentence processing. He currently works on a project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) called "The Grammar of Emphasis: From Information Structure to the Expressive Dimension."

Zalta, Edward N.

Dr. Edward N. Zalta is a Senior Research Scholar at the Center for the Study of Language and Information at Stanford University. He directs the Metaphysics Research Lab at CSLI and serves as the Principal Editor of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, a dynamic reference work that he designed. His research specialties include metaphysics and formal ontology, the philosophy of mathematics, computational metaphysics, and intensional logic, among others.  Zalta has published two books, Abstract Objects: An Introduction to Axiomatic Metaphysics (D. Reidel, 1983) and Intensional Logic and the Metaphysics of Intentionality (MIT Press, 1988), as well as articles in the Journal of Philosophy, Mind, Journal of Philosophical Logic, Noûs, Journal of Logic and Computation, Bulletin of Symbolic Logic, and elsewhere.  Zalta obtained an honors B.A. from Rice University in 1975, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst in 1981. He came to Stanford in 1984 as a Postdoctoral Fellow at CSLI.