Fifth Annual California Cognitive Science Conference

Learning & Memory: The Enlightened Mind

David Ferucci

In and Out of Jeopardy: A Journey in AI

Dr. David Ferrucci is an IBM Fellow and was the Principal Investigator for the DeepQA Project. While at IBM he led his team to build Watson, a natural language processing system for reasoning over linguistic content. In 2011, Watson won the popular television quiz show Jeopardy against two of the most celebrated human contestants in the show’s history, creating a landmark in the history of Artificial Intelligence and inspiring IBM’s broad initiative in Cognitive Computing. He has been featured in Time Magazine, the New York Times, and National Public Radio (NPR), and in 2012 was listed as one of CNET’s top 10 Most Influential People in Technology.

Todd Sacktor

Enhancing, Erasing, and Tracing Long-­Term Memories by Targeting PKMzeta

Dr. Todd C. Sacktor is Distinguished Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology and of Neurology at the State University of New York (SUNY), Downstate Medical Center. His groundbreaking research on the molecular basis of memory has led to his discovery of PKMzeta, a protein kinase believed to be important for maintaining long term memories in the hippocampus. This discovery was cited by the journal Science as one of 2006’s “Breakthroughs of the Year"ʺ and has been highlighted by the popular press. In 2012 he became a recipient of the prestigious MERIT award from the National Institute of Mental Health.

Victor Diaz

Building a New Public School Based on: Love/Grit/Action

Victor Diaz is the founder and director of the Revolutionary Education and Learning Movement (REALM) Charter School, the first of its kind in Berkeley, California. He founded REALM Charter School with a teaching philosophy that fosters a project-­‐‑based and technology-­‐‑rich learning environment to promote critical and socially responsive perspectives in its students. Victor is a Koshland Fellow, a Redford Center Honoree and a Ph.D Candidate in Language, Literacy, Society, and Culture at the University of California at Berkeley.

Arne Ekstrom

How the Brain Represents the Spatial and Temporal Components of Recently Learned Events

Dr. Arne Ekstrom is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Center for Neuroscience at University of California, Davis. Dr. Ekstrom investigates the neurophysiological basis of human memory using a range of tools, including fMRI, high-­‐‑resolution hippocampal fMRI, intracranial EEG, and scalp EEG. One main focus of his research is to study how the brain encodes spatial memory, a vital component of everyday functioning. Dr. Ekstrom received his PhD from Brandeis University and was a Post Doctoral researcher at UCLA before coming to Davis.

Terry Regier

Word Meanings Across Languages Reflect General Communicative Principles

Dr. Terry Regier is Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science, and director of the Cognitive Science program, at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interest is at the intersection of language and thought, with a focus on cross-­‐‑cultural differences in cognition. Specific recent projects have included work on spatial language, kinship categories, color naming, word learning, and the "ʺpoverty of stimulus"ʺ argument in language learning. He is an Associate Editor for the journal of Cognitive Science, and a member of the Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center.

Alison Gopnik

When Children Are Better, or at Least More Open-­Minded Scientists Than We Are: Search and Exploration in Children'ʹs Cognition.

Dr. Alison Gopnik is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and an expert in developmental psychology. Her pioneering research has led to new insight into what children know, how they learn about the world, and what this can teach us about deep philosophical problems. She has written numerous articles for the popular press, such as in The New York Times, been a guest on the Colbert Report, and given a TED talk.

William Jagust

Imaging the Amyloid Hypothesis of Alzheimer’s Disease

Dr. William Jagust, M.D., is a professor of Public Health and Neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley, and holds the University Endowed Chair in Geriatrics. He is also a faculty senior scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and has received the 2013 American Academy of Neurology’s Potamkin Prize for Research. His research is focused on the aging human brain and dementia. His laboratory is widely known for its use of positron emission tomography (PET) imaging of brain glucose metabolism in studying Alzheimer'ʹs disease. He is on the editorial board of several journals and leads the PET imaging component of the NIH Alzheimer'ʹs Disease Neuroimaging Initiative.

Tyler Burge

Perception: Where Mind Begins

Dr. Tyler Burge is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has published many papers and books on philosophy of mind, history of philosophy, and epistemology, and has been featured in the New York Times. Dr. Burge is perhaps best known for his writings on anti-­‐‑individualism with respect to mental states, also known as externalism. He is a member of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and the British Academy. His most recent book, Origins of Objectivity, provides key insights into the relationship between perception and representation, considered more broadly.

2013 Interdisciplinary Panel