Principal Investigator

Chris R. Sims

Chris Sims received a B.S. in computer science from Cornell University (2003), followed by a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2009). After completing his Ph.D., Dr. Sims held a postdoctoral research position at the University of Rochester (mentors: Robert Jacobs and David Knill), and a faculty position at Drexel University before joining the faculty at RPI in 2017.

Dr. Sims's overarching research interest lies in developing computational models of human intelligence. Specific research areas include reinforcement learning, visual memory and perceptual expertise, sensory-motor control and motor learning, and learning and decision-making under uncertainty.

PhD Students

Tyler J. Malloy

PhD 2022, "Resource-Rational Cognitive Modeling: An information-theoretic Approach"

Zeming Fang

PhD 2022, "Learning Generalizable Representations Through Compression"

Rachel A. Lerch

PhD 2020, "Beyond Bounded Rationality: Towards a Theory of Computationally Rational Motor Control"

MS Students

Rochelle Kaper

MS 2023 (expected)