Qualitative Reasoning Group

Northwestern University

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People

bullet itembullet item Current Members

bullet item Faculty

bullet item Kenneth D. Forbus
Walter P. Murphy Professor of Computer Science and Professor of Education
Chair of the Cognitive Systems Division/Department of EECS

bullet item Tom Hinrichs
Research Associate Professor

 

bullet item Staff

bullet item Carrie Ost
QRG Lab Manager

bullet item Jenn Stedillie
Research Study Programs Coordinator II
Webmaster of Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center: an NSF Science of Learning Center

bullet item Madeline Usher
Senior Software Developer
Currently involved in the SILC program developing CogSketch; I've also been involved in many QRG projects, including nuSketch, sKEA, and Companions. Interests include spatial reasoning, human/computer interaction, and digital assistants.

 

bullet item Graduate Students

bullet item Joe Blass
Joe Blass wants to build systems that think, act, and interact like humans.  Currently his research focuses on modeling commonsense reasoning and social cognition, particularly moral reasoning.  Joe joined QRG in Fall 2013.

bullet item Kezhen Chen
Kezhen joined QRG in Fall 2016. His research interests are in building human-level vision and reasoning systems that can recognize, interpret and handle complicated events in the real world. He is focusing on using various sensors, such as Kinect, to recognize human actions.

bullet item Max Crouse
Max joined QRG in Fall 2015. His research interests are in building reasoning systems to acquire and handle human levels of knowledge.

bullet item Chen Liang
Chen wants to build human-level AI , upload his mind, and then live forever. His research interests include cognitive modeling, machine learning, knowledge representation and cognitive architecture. Past research includes building models of human conceptual learning and using structure mapping for statistical relational learning with semantic web data. He joined QRG in fall 2013. 

bullet item Clifton McFate
Clifton McFate joined QRG in Fall 2012. His research interests include natural language processing, frame semantics, and knowledge representation. He is currently working on an NLP system that uses narrative expectations to abductively interpret explanatory natural language texts and that builds qualitative models based on these interpretations. Past research includes using VerbNet to automatically create semantic frames as well as the NULEX Lexicon.

bullet item Matt McLure
Matt McLure wants to investigate what it would take for a cognitive architecture to participate in robust concept learning through long-term, multi-modal interaction. To this end, he is particularly interested in active learning techniques, flexible representation schemes, re-representation strategies, and sketch understanding. He has been with QRG since the fall of 2009, and is involved in the Freeciv, Companions, and CogSketch projects.

bullet item Constantine Nakos
Constantine Nakos joined QRG in Fall 2016.  His research interests include natural language processing, text generation, and knowledge representation.  He is currently working on NLG tools for use in QRG projects.

bullet item Irina Rabkina
Irina joined QRG in fall 2015. She is interested in using artificial intelligence techniques to improve our understanding of human cognition, and our understanding of human cognition to improve artificial intelligence techniques. She is currently working on modeling Theory of Mind. 

bullet item Ellen Tucker
Ellen is interested in logic, semiotics, subjectivity, knowledge representation and spatio-temporal reasoning.  She is working on the Cogsketch and Companions projects.  She joined QRG in 2016.  

bullet item Affiliated Faculty

bullet item Larry Birnbaum, Professor of Computer Science

bullet item Dedre Gentner, Professor of Psychology

bullet item Chris Riesbeck, Professor of Computer Science

 

bullet itembullet item Past Visitors

bullet item Tomoya Horiguchi, Kobe University
Visiting Researcher, Fall 2010 through Summer 2011

bullet item Hyeon Kyeong Kim, Hanshin University, Korea
Visiting Professor, 2004-2005
bullet item Frank Leenaars, University of Twente
Visiting Student
 

bullet itembullet item Alumni

bullet item Arun Ahuja, Mount Sinai Health System
M.S., 2010

bullet item Julie Baher, Illumina
Ph.D., 2000

bullet itemJames Baker, Tableau Software
M.S., 2006

bullet item David Barbella, Earlham College
Ph.D., 2016

bullet item Thomas Bittner, State University of New York at Buffalo
Postdoc, 2000-2002
 
bullet item Christopher Blair, Amazon
M.S. 2012

bullet item Mike Brokowski, University of California, Merced
Postdoc

bullet item Karen Elizabeth Carney, Chicago Friends School
M.S., 2007

bullet item Maria Chang, IBM Research
Ph.D., 2016

bullet item Vernell Chapman, Instinet
B.S., 2005

bullet item John Collins
Ph.D., 1994

bullet item Jonathan Davis, Atypon
M.S., 2010

bullet item Dennis DeCoste, Apple
Ph.D., 1994

bullet item Morteza Dehghani, University of Southern California
Ph.D., December 2009

bullet item Kevin Dill, Lockheed Martin Advanced Simulation Center
M.S., 2001

bullet item Greg Dunham, Microsoft
M.S., 2005
 
bullet item Patricia Dyck, Stratford Managers Corporation
M.S., 2005

bullet item John Everett, BBN Technologies, Inc.
Ph.D., 1997

bullet item Brian Falkenhainer, Resonant Software
Ph.D., 1989

bullet item Boi Faltings, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Ph.D., 1987

bullet item Ronald W. Ferguson, Leidos, Inc.
Ph.D., 2001

bullet item Scott Friedman, Smart Information Flow Technologies
Ph.D., June 2012
 
bullet item Daniel Halstead
Ph.D., September 2011

bullet item Philip Houk, Peak6
M.S., 2004

bullet item Balasubramanian ("Subu") Kandaswamy
Ph.D., 2016

bullet item Matthew Klenk, Palo Alto Research Center
Ph.D, June 2009

bullet item Sven Kuehne, NATO
Ph.D., June 2004

bullet item Kate Lockwood, St. Paul Academy and Summit School
Ph.D., December 2009

bullet item Andrew Lovett, US Naval Research Laboratory
Ph.D., June 2012

bullet item Joyce Ma, Exploratorium
Ph.D., June 2001
 
bullet item Cara J. Meverden, Medium.com
B.S.

bullet item Paul Nielsen, Fulcrum Edge, Inc.
Ph.D., 1988

bullet item Praveen Paritosh, Google
Ph.D., 2007

bullet item Yusuf Pisan, University of Technology Sydney
Ph.D., 1998

bullet item Abhishek Sharma, Cycorp
Ph.D., 2011

bullet item Nikitas Sgouros, University of Piraeus
Ph.D., 1994
bullet item Emmett Tomai, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Ph.D., December 2009

bullet item Leo C. Ureel II, Michigan Tech
 
bullet item Jon Wetzel, Arizona State University
Ph.D., 2014
bullet item Jin Yan-Staal, SL Capital Partners
M.S., 2006

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