Monjira Biswas
Hajira Choudry
Yasaman Kazerooni
Sooin Lee
Mehgha Shyam

research assistants


universität mainz
university of birmingham
university of massachusetts
universität marburg
nasa ames research center
national science foundation

Xiaoxiao Guo
Nan Jiang
John Laird

Satinder Singh

michigan computer science
michigan linguistics
Marc Berman
university of toronto
michigan psychology


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Cognitive Science
Predicting Short-Term Remembering as Boundedly Optimal Strategy Choice

14th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS2015)
The Dependence of Effective Planning Horizon on Model Accuracy

Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS)
Deep Learning for Real-Time Atari Game Play Using Offline Monte-Carlo Tree Search Planning

Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2014)
Improving UCT Planning via Approximate Homomorphisms

Proceedings of the 5th Workshop on Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics (CMCL 2014)
Computationally Rational Saccadic Control: An Explanation of Spillover Effects Based on Sampling from Noisy Perception and Memory

Topics in Cognitive Science
Utility Maximization and Bounds on Human Information Processing

Topics in Cognitive Science
Computational Rationality: Linking Mechanism and Behavior Through Utility Maximization

Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 26 (NIPS)
Reward Mapping for Transfer in Long-lived Agents

Topics in Cognitive Science
The adaptive nature of eye-movements in linguistic tasks: How payoff and architecture shape speed-accuracy tradeoffs

Proceedings of the 35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
Bounded Optimal State Estimation and Control in Visual Search: Explaining Distractor Ratio Effects

Proceedings of Human-Computer Interaction International
Linking context to evaluation in the design of safety critical interfaces

Proceedings of the11th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2012)
Strong Mitigation: Nesting Search for Good Policies Within Search for Good Reward

Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Development and Learning
Optimal rewards in multiagent teams

Memory & Cognition
Resolving semantic and proactive interference in memory over the short-term

Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition
In search of on-line locality effects in sentence comprehension

Proceedings of AAAI-2011 (Conference of the Association for the Advancement Artificial Intelligence)
Optimal rewards versus leaf-evaluation heuristics in planning agents

Divergent effects of different positive emotions on moral judgement

Proceedings of NELS 41: Conference of the North East Linguistics Society
Featural analysis and short-term memory retrieval in on-line parsing: Evidence for syntactic, but not phonological, similarity-based interference

Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Cognitive Modeling
A new approach to exploring language emergence as boundedly optimal control in the face of environmental and cognitive constraints

IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development
Instrinsically motivated reinforcement learning: An evolutionary perspective

Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems
Reward design via online gradient ascent

Proceedings of the 26th Conference on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence
Variance-based rewards for approximate Bayesian reinforcement learning

International Conference on Machine Learning
Internal rewards mitigate agent boundedness

Language and Cognitive Processes
Short-term forgetting in sentence comprehension: Crosslinguistic evidence from verb-final structures

Psychological Review
Rational adaptation under task and processing constraints: Implications for testing theories of cognition and action

Welcome to the Language and Cognitive Architecture Lab at the University of Michigan.


about our research

The goal of our research is to develop theories of language, thought, and action—theories capturing the adaptive nature of human behavior, and grounded in integrated architectures that explain how the computational subsystems of the mind and brain work together.

An over-arching theoretical principle guiding much of our work is computational rationality—the idea that behavior is the adaptive response to the joint constraints of the biological processing architecture and the external probabilistic environment.

The specific topics we focus on are the (boundedly optimal) adaptive control of perceptual, motor, cognitive and linguistic processes; language processing (especially the role of working memory in sentence comprehension and production); flexible artificial intelligence (AI) agents and reinforcement learning; and the interaction of cognition and emotion.

The work makes contact with several areas of cognitive science, including psycholinguistics, linguistic theory, cognitive psychology, cognitive modeling, human-computer interaction, cognitive architectures, and reinforcement learning. It is highly collaborative (see left). To learn more about the research, click on the topics at left, or the questions below.