Adaptive Computational Cognition Lab (AdaCog)

 

Adaptive Computational Cognition Lab (AdaCog)

Winslow -1129, 1131

The AdaCog laboratory, under the direction of Assistant Professor Chris Sims, studies how the human brain can perform complex tasks in uncertain environments. We approach this question from an engineering perspective: How should one build a system that can perceive, remember, act, etc., according to rational principles, while subject to biological constraints on information processing capacity?

In answering this question we conduct behavioral experiments with human subjects, and develop computational models that draw inspiration from various fields of engineering, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. Recent applications of our work have examined perceptual expertise (how an expert can see things that are ‘invisible’ to the rest of us), visual memory, and motor control, as well as learning and decision-making under uncertainty.