Bill Thompson

Postal address:

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Artificial Intelligence Lab
Pleinlaan 2
Building G, 10th floor
1050 Brussels

Room: 10G 725

I'm interested in the computational principles of human cognition and culture, and how these can explain extraordinary human behviours like langauge. My research draws on methods from machine learning, Bayesian statistics, evolutionary theory, linguistics, and experimental psychology. My focus is on understanding the adaptive processes that shape shared behaviours and representations. I mainly develop probabilistic models of higher level human cognition, fit these models to empirical data, and use them to derrive results and predictions for cultural and biological evolutionary processes.