Risto Miikkulainen

Department of Computer Science


The goal of Risto's lab is to understand how cognitive abilities, such as sentence and story processing, lexicon, episodic memory, pattern and object recognition, and sequential decision making, emerge through evolution and learning.  The research involves developing new methods for self-organization and evolution of neural networks, as well as verifying them experimentally on human subjects, often in collaboration with experimentalists and medical professionals.  Examples of current work include understanding and inferring the semantics of words and sentences in fMRI images, impaired story telling in schizophrenia, rehabilitation in bilingual aphasia, and evolution of communication in simulated agents.