The research project is a collaboration between the Psychology Department and CS department at CMU.
Anthony TomasicSenior System Scientist at Carnegie Mellon
Anthony Tomasic received an undergraduate degree in CS from Indiana University, and a PhD in Computer Science from Princeton University. His thesis invented novel methods for improving information retrieval search response time and throughput performance. Upon receiving his Ph.D., Anthony led a research team at the Institut National de Research in Informatique et Automatique (INRIA). His team created the federated database DISCO for data integration. Anthony then spent three years with various internet.bomb start-ups in Silicon Valley before moving back into research at CMU. In 2009, Anthony received an MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. His research now focuses on applied machine learning, mixed-initiative interfaces, and databases.
Erik ThiessenProfessor of Psychology and Director, Infant Language and Learning Lab
My research explores learning in infancy and childhood. When we think about the differences between what infants and adults know, it's apparent that infants need to acquire a tremendous amount of information. This is especially apparent in language, where any utterance might present infants with an opportunity to discover auditory regularities such as phonotactic or prosodic patterns, word forms and word meanings, and syntactic regularties about how to combine words. How do infants master all of this complexity? What learning mechanisms are available to infants, and what are the constraints on these mechanisms