George S. Cree
Department of Psychology
at the University of Toronto
Mailing Address: Department of Psychology, University of Toronto
Scarborough, 1265 Military Trail, Toronto, ON, Canada, M1C 1A4
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
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.
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.
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.