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November 4, 2021: Judy Fan will give an invited talk at the “Beyond the Button Press: Studying the Mind Through Drawings” Symposium at the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomics Society!

November 1, 2021: Judy Fan will give a keynote talk at the Configural Processing Consortium meeting, co-located with the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomics Society!

October 28, 2021: Judy Fan will give an invited talk at the University of Edinburgh Computational Cognitive Science Seminar!

September 16, 2021: We welcome new PhD student Hannah Lloyd (PSYC) to the lab! Also, Justin Yang will be inaugurating the role of lab manager!

July 26, 2021: Judy Fan gave invited talks at the “Symbolic and sub-symbolic systems in people and machines” and “Using games to understand intelligence” workshops, as well as the “Neural network models of cognition” affinity group at CogSci 2021!

June 27, 2021: Judy Fan gave an invited talk at the Diverse Intelligences Summer Institute. Watch it here.

June 19, 2021: Judy Fan gave an invited talk at the 1st Annual Sketch-Oriented Deep Learning (SketchDL) Workshop at the Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR).

June 18, 2021: Judy Fan gave an invited talk at the Wellcome Centre for Neuroimaging.

May 20, 2021: Congratulations to Zhe Huang on receiving a 2021 Triton Research & Experiential Learning Scholars (TRELS) summer research fellowship! Congratulations also to Xuanchen Lu for receiving a Research Perseverance During COVID Award from the UCSD Department of Psychology!

April 13, 2021: We had 10 papers accepted to the 2021 Cognitive Science Society Annual Meeting! Please see our Papers page for details.

April 9, 2021: Judy Fan gave a virtual talk as part of University of Wisconsin-Madison’s HAMLET (Human, Animal, and Machine Learning: Experiment and Theory) seminar series.

April 6, 2021: Judy Fan was awarded a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for the proposal, “Mechanisms enabling the flexible expression of visual concepts.”

February 24, 2021: Judy Fan gave a virtual colloquium talk at Brown University’s Department of Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences.

December 7, 2020: Judy Fan gave an invited talk at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Cognitive Science!

December 1, 2020: Judy Fan and Dorsa Sadigh were awarded a research grant from the Office of Naval Research: Science of Autonomy for the proposal, “Harnessing human intelligence for adaptive human-robot collaboration.”

October 29, 2020: Our paper, Emergence of compositional abstractions in human collaborative assembly, was accepted for presentation at the NeurIPS Workshop on Object Representations for Learning and Reasoning!

July 12, 2020: Judy Fan gave an invited talk at the Workshop on Emergent Behaviors in Human-Robot Systems at Robotics: Science & Systems!

June 30, 2020: Judy Fan gave an invited talk at the USC School of Philosophy’s Mind and Language Seminar Series!

June 22, 2020: Our paper, Rapid policy updating in human physical construction, was accepted for a spotlight presentation at the ICML Workshop on Object-Oriented Learning!

June 22, 2020: Our paper, Library learning for structured object concepts, was accepted for a poster presentation at the ICML Workshop on Object-Oriented Learning!

June 15, 2020: Judy Fan, Emma Geller, and Celeste Pilegard were awarded a grant from the Course Development and Instructional Improvement Program for their proposal, “Enhancing the Psychology core methods curriculum: a new emphasis on computational literacy, open-science practices, and project-based collaboration.”

May 20, 2020: Lab undergrad Justin Yang was awarded the Summer URS Chancellor’s Research Scholarship for Social Sciences!

May 1, 2020: Our paper, Learning to build physical structures better over time was accepted for oral presentation at the 2020 Cognitive Science Society Meeting!

April 26, 2020: Judy Fan gives a talk on some of our research at the Workshop on Bridging AI and Cognitive Science at ICLR 2020. Link to recording of her talk.

February 19, 2020: Our paper, Relating Visual Production and Recognition of Objects in Human Visual Cortex has been published in Journal of Neuroscience!

January 22, 2020: Lab undergrads Julia Xu and Justin Yang receive Halicioglu Data Science Institute’s Undergraduate Scholarships to support their research in the lab!

September 12, 2019: We welcome PhD students Holly Huey (PSYC), Will McCarthy (COGS), and Haoliang Wang (PSYC) to the lab!

September 5, 2019: Our paper, Pragmatic inference and visual abstraction enable contextual flexibility in visual communication has been published in Computational Brain & Behavior!

July 22, 2019: Our paper, GeoGlot: Learning to Ground Referential Language in Geometry was accepted to the 2019 International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)!

April 17, 2019: Our paper, Collabdraw: an environment for collaborative sketching with an artificial agent was accepted to the 2019 ACM Creativity & Cognition Meeting!

April 12, 2019: Our paper, Disentangling contributions of visual information and interaction history in the formation of graphical conventions was accepted for oral presentation at the 2019 Cognitive Science Society Meeting! Also, Megumi Sano was recognized with the inaugural Sayan Gul Travel Award. Congrats, Meg!

April 12, 2019: Our paper, Developmental changes in the ability to draw distinctive features of object categories was accepted for oral presentation at the 2019 Cognitive Science Society Meeting!

April 12, 2019: Our paper, Conveying semantic part information in drawings was accepted for presentation at the 2019 Cognitive Science Society Meeting!