Hello and welcome! I’m currently based in New York City, and working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Rutgers University – Newark, where I work with Pat Shafto in the Cognitive and Data Science Lab. My research is focused on improving how humans and machines interact, through pedagogy (using machines to efficiently teach concepts to humans or other machines), cooperation (finding ways for humans and machines to work and communicate together more effectively) and explainability (getting machines to interpret their knowledge and actions to humans in an interpretable manner).

Previously, I was Ph.D. student at the University of Adelaide in the Computational Cognitive Science Lab with Amy Perfors, Dan Navarro and Drew Hendrickson. My Ph.D. research focused on how category structure and category labels help with real-world category learning. Before that, as an undergraduate, I studied a mix of psychology, computer science and mathematics.

You can read more about my research, publications and projects. Occasionally, I also write about research on my blog.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading books and blogs, listening to podcasts and playing the piano. If you want to get in touch, you can e-mail me at waikeenvong [at] gmail [dot] com, or say hello @wkvong.

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