Carnegie Mellon University

David Danks

David Danks

L.L. Thurstone Professor of Philosophy and Psychology, Professor of Psychology (Courtesy), Head, Department of Philosophy

Areas of Expertise

Cognitive Science, Computational, Learning Science


My research largely falls at the intersection of philosophy, cognitive science, and machine learning, using ideas and frameworks from each to inform the others. My primary research in recent years has been in computational cognitive science: developing fully-specified computational models to describe, predict, and most importantly, explain human behavior (in causal cognition, concepts and categories, and most recently, linguistics). My other major research project, partly supported by an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, has focused on the human impacts when autonomy is introduced into a technological system. In particular, I have examined the relations of trust and identity as they are affected by technologies such as self-driving vehicles, autonomous weapons systems, and autonomous cyber-systems.