I am a Lecturer in Computational Cognitive Science at the Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh and an associate member of the Center for Language Evolution at the University of Edinburgh. Starting October 2023, I will be a Lecturer in Computational Cognitive Science at the Complex Human Data Hub, School of Psychological Sciences, Univeristy of Melbourne.
My research uses computational and experimental techniques to investigate how children and adults construct rich conceptual systems that support everyday cognition and how these conceptual systems interface with language. I am also interested in characterizing the cognitive efficiency, diversity, evolution and transmission of these conceptual systems. A second strand of my research uses experimental methods and information theoretic models of language-processing to investigate how we actively build representations of context and how these contexts influence semantic and pragmatic computations.