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Deb Roy

Cognitive Science Pioneer

Deb Kumar Roy directs the Media Lab’s Cognitive Machines group, is founding director of the Center for Future Banking, and chairs the academic program media arts and sciences. A native of Canada, he received his bachelor of computer engineering from the University of Waterloo in 1992 and his PhD in cognitive science from MIT in 1999. He joined the MIT faculty in 2000 and was named to the AT&T Associate Professorship of Media Arts and Sciences in 2003.

Roy studies how children learn language, and designs machines that learn to communicate in humanlike ways. To enable this work, he has pioneered new data-driven methods for analyzing and modeling human linguistic and social behavior. He has authored numerous scientific papers on artificial intelligence, cognitive modeling, human-machine interaction, data mining, and information visualization. Roy’s research is frequently featured in the media, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, WIRED, National Geographic, Science, the BBC, and National Public Radio. To visit Dr. Roy's website, click here.

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