David C. Wilkins
My research area within Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science is computational models of human learning, decision making, and expertise. My research specialty is interactive learning environments, especially apprenticeship learning systems for learning and teaching expert decision making. For decades, all of my research grants have had faculty co-principal investigators from either Psychology, Linguistics, Computer Science, Psychiatry, or the Arts. I am a co-founder and CEO of Learning and Cognition Research LLC, which focuses on the creation and scientific validation of innovative learning environments to improve facial emotion recognition for Autism.
From 2001 to 2012, I have been at Stanford University. Positions have included being a faculty member in the Symbolic Systems Program, where my research grants and teaching have focused on the topic of Learning Facial Emotions for Autism; being a senior research scientist in the Cognitive Systems Lab at the Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI); serving on a faculty advisory committee of the Stanford Institute for Creativity in the Arts (SiCa); and being on sabbatical at Stanford for the 2001-2002 academic year.
From 1988 to 2005, I was a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (3 years of this time resident at Stanford), with faculty appointments in Computer Science, Psychology, the Beckman Institute, the Aviation Institute, the Center for Advanced Study, and the Campus Honors Program. I received my Ph.D. from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1987. My Ph.D. dissertation research was carried out in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University between 1982-1987.
Research Projects: Interactive Learning Environments