Hello and welcome! I’m currently based in New York City and working as a postdoctoral researcher at Rutgers University – Newark, where I do cognitive science and machine learning research with Patrick Shafto in the Cognitive and Data Science Lab. Broadly, my research focuses on how humans and machines learn and interact in three particular ways: pedagogy (examining how humans and machines teach), co-operation (finding ways for humans and machines to work with each other) and explainability (making the behaviour of intelligent machines interpretable and understandable to humans).
Previously, I was graduate student at the University of Adelaide in the Computational Cognitive Science Lab with Amy Perfors, Dani Navarro and Drew Hendrickson. My Ph.D. research focused on how people use structure and labels to learn real-world categories. As an undergraduate, I studied a combination of psychology, computer science and pure mathematics.
You can find a list of all of my publications here or on Google Scholar. Occasionally, I also write about research on my blog. When I’m not doing research, I enjoy reading books and long-form journalism, listening to podcasts, running and photography.
Feel free to reach out if you’re in the NYC area and want to grab coffee. Otherwise, you can e-mail me at waikeenvong [at] gmail [dot] com, or say hello on Twitter @wkvong.