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George S. Cree

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough

Mailing Address: Department of Psychology, University of Toronto Scarborough, 1265 Military Trail, Toronto, ON, Canada, M1C 1A4
Email: george.cree@utoronto.ca


Current Directions

I'm currently on sabbatical, and will be returning to UTSC on Jan. 1, 2020. From 2012-2018 I was Chair of the UTSC Department of Psychology. When I return in 2020, I'll be focused on research, teaching, and developing the c0gs1m lab, a research lab dedicated to conducting world class research on the computational simulation of cognition.


Research Interests

Cognitive Science; Semantic Cognition; Knowledge Representation; Machine Learning; Artificial General Intelligence

I'm interested in how the brain gives rise to the mind. I tackle this from the point of view of a cognitive scientist, with the goal being to understand the mind well enough that we can implement it as a computer program. I prefer modeling frameworks that integrate the constraints of neurobiology, and therefore my primary interest is in the area of neural networks.

One aspect of this larger problem that really interests me is how the brain infuses sensory input with meaning. In other words, how do we acquire knowledge, how do we 'understand', and how do we use that knowledge to accomplish our goals. My past research in this area has focused on how we compute the meanings of words. I've focused on words primarily because they are relatively easy to control when used as stimuli, and are richly infused with meaning. But more generally, I'm interested in how all knowledge is acquired, represented, and computed.


Supervision

Graduate: I will be accepting graduate students for the Fall of 2020. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in joining my lab.

Undergraduate: I regularly accept undergraduate students for PSYC90 and PSYD98 projects. I will not be accepting any new students until the Fall of 2020. At that time, I will only be accepting students interested in computational modeling projects. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in computational modeling, and we can discuss background prep, and current research directions.


Teaching

I won't be teaching until the Winter 2020 term. I'm currently working on developing a set of undergraduate B-, C-, and D-level courses that focus on introducing undergraduate psychology and cognitive science students to important concepts and skills in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cognitive simulation. Updates will appear here once the courses are created and approved.