Education


University of Edinburgh          2010 - 2014


PhD in Linguistics and English Language

Language Evolution and Computation Research Group

granted June 30th, 2015


University of Amsterdam        2006 - 2008


Research Master of Science in Cognitive Science, Cum Laude


University of Georgia              2000 - 2003


Bachelor of the Arts in Anthropology and in Linguistics, Cum Laude




Academic Employment


Research Fellow in Computational Cognitive Science


University of Melbourne


Postdoctoral Researcher


Santa Fe Institute, Omidyar Fellowship.

Adjunct Faculty, Arizona State University


Teaching Assistant


University of Edinburgh.

Psychology 1


Research Assistant


University of Amsterdam.  With Rens Bod in the Institute for Language, Logic, and Computation.


Junior Lecturer


University of Amsterdam.  For the master course:

Current Issues in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences.


Teaching Assistant


University of Amsterdam.  For the master courses:

Scientific Writing and Presenting Skills

Argumentation and Presenting Skills

Cognition and Communication




Research Visits


Santa Fe Institute                                        15 Nov 2013 - 15 Dec 2013

Host: Simon DeDeo


University of California, Berkeley               30 Jan 2013 - 26 Apr 2013

Computational Cognitive Science Lab

Host: Tom Griffiths




Students supervised


Erick Oduniyi, 2017

Brooke Taylor, 2017

Isabelle Mauboussin, 2017

Claire Miller, 2017                

Chiara Semezin, 2016

Caroline Kamps, 2015




Workshops organized


Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe - May 2018

Cumulative Cultural Evolution


Seoul National University, Seoul - November 2017

Thermodynamics, evolution, and inference through the lens of information theory


Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe - Summer 2016, 2017, 2018

Implicit bias

Introduction to programming in python

Principles of modeling and model fitting

Center for Language Evolution Postgraduate Retreat, Blair Atholl - January 2016

Linear mixed effects models



Invited Talks


Slice of Science, Santa Fe - July 2018
Information flow through cognitive systems & transmission fidelity in cultural inheritance  

12th International Evolution of Language Conference, Torún Poland - April 2018
The coevolution of data and hypotheses in Bayesian cultural evolution. 

School of Human Evolution and Social Change - November 2017

Charting cultural evolution’s empirical fitness landscapes (in an ATV built by cognitive scientists)

1st Annual Conference of the Cultural Evolution Society, Jena - September 2017

Combining transformative and selective cultural evolution to understand the evolution of digital art


Interacting Minds Center, Aarhus - April 2017

Cultural evolution of digital art: how transformation and selection affect image complexity

11th International Evolution of Language Conference, New Orleans - March 2016

Word learners regularize synonyms and homonyms similarly


11th International Evolution of Language Conference, New Orleans - March 2016

Interactive exhibit: Hallucinating structure and how we regularize timeseries data

Santa Fe Institute Business Network and Trustee Symposium, Santa Fe - November 2015

Cognitive science and the evolution of language


Databases in Historical Linguistics Workshop, Santa Fe - August 2015

Accessing natural data on fast and recent language change


Slice of Science, Santa Fe - August 2015

Cognition, compression, and cultural evolution

10
th International Evolution of Language Conference, Vienna - April 2014

Regularization in language evolution: on the joint contribution of domain-specific biases and domain-

    general frequency learning


10th International Evolution of Language Conference, Vienna - April 2014

The origins of regularity in language: why coordination matters


34th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Berlin - August 2, 2013

Regularization behavior in a non-linguistic domain


Computational Cognitive Science Lab Meeting, UC Berkeley - March 13, 2013

How we lose cultural variation via learning: modelling regularization, probability matching, and drift


Center for Research in Language, UC San Diego - March 5, 2013

Regularization behavior in a non-linguistic domain


Artificial Intelligence Lab Meeting, Vrjie Universiteit Brussel - September 6, 2012

The impact of probability matching on cultural evolution


Santa Fe Institute, Complexity Science Summer School, New Mexico - June 29, 2012

Replicator dynamics of self organizing artificial languages


Linguistics and English Language Postgraduate Conference, University of Edinburgh - May 15, 2012

Mapping out the cultural evolutionary dynamics of probability matching behavior


Centre for the Coevolution of Biology and Culture, Durham University - June 30, 2011

Discriminating between drift and selection in language evolution


Language Evolution and Computation Research Group Meetings in Edinburgh:

On the coevolution of culture and cognition

How we lose variation through learning: on the domain generality of linguistic regularization biases

Alien baby naming experiment sketch: on frequency-dependent copying and drift

Crowd sourcing and the use of Mechanical Turk for psychology experiment participant recruitment

Towards a general framework for cultural evolution




Poster Presentations


39th Annual Cognitive Science Society Conference - London, 2017

Probability matching as a cognitive basis for cultural drift

10
th International Evolution of Language Conference, Vienna - April 2014

Model fitting and prediction for language evolution.  presented with Bill Thompson.


International Summerschool on Agent-based models of creativity, Cortona, September 2013

Why learners eliminate variation in language


Language at Edinburgh Lunch, May 2013

How we lose cultural variation via learning: an example of regularization during frequency learning in two domains


European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association Annual Conference, 2013

How we lose cultural variation via learning: an example of regularization during frequency learning in two domains.  presented by Bill Thompson.


International Conference on Development and Learning / Epigenetic Robotics, San Diego, 2012

Self-organization of a learnable language: what happens when an alien language replicates through human brains.  presented by Jasmeen Kanwal.


European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association Annual Conference, 2012

Mapping out the cultural evolutionary dynamics of probability matching behavior


9th International Evolution of Language Conference, 2012

Searching for substance in the Baldwin Effect: when learning causally affects genetic adaptation


31st Annual Cognitive Science Society Conference, 2009

Thomas’ theorem meets Bayes rule: a model of the iterated learning of language




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Other neat stuff


Interplanetary Festival, Santa Fe - June 2018

Panelist on Intelligent Systems


Science Writers Workshop, Santa Fe -  May 2018

Cultural Evolution


Public Lecture at SITE Santa Fe - May 2018

Cultural Evolution



Interacting Minds Centre Seed Funding ($10,000)


Omidyar Fellowship     Independent fellowship for 3-year postdoc


University of Edinburgh College Scholarship     Full scholarship for PhD at UoE


Scottish Overseas Research Student Award (SORSAS)

Agent-Based Models of Creativity Summer School


Santa Fe Institute’s Complex Systems Summer School


Evolang Student Support Travel Grant


HSP Huygens Scholarship     Full scholarship for master degree at UvA


Amsterdam Merit Scholarship


AMR Scholarship for the study of Arabic Classical Music


HOPE Scholarship     Full scholarship for bachelor degree at UGA

Durfee Foundation Grant for archaeology field assistantship

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