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David C. Wilkins
Learning and Cognition Research
1050 N Point St, Suite 1107A
San Francisco, CA 94109


David C. Wilkins

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David Wilkins is an academic and entrepreneur. Since 2007, his focus has been applying his 30 years of artificial intelligence research experience to the creation of products for the assessment and learning of emotion recognition and expression for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This work is a continuation of his career-long focus within Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science on interactive learning environments and models of human learning. David's research is multi-disciplinary. For decades, all of his research grants, over $9M, have had faculty Co-Principal Investigators from the Departments of Psychology, Computer Science, Psychiatry, Linguistics, Drama, and Art.

Since 2012, David has been the CEO and Founder of Learning and Cognition Research, which focuses on the creation and validation of products to improve emotion recognition and expression for autistic and neurotypical individuals.

From 2001-2011, David held affiliations at Stanford University. He had a faculty appointment as a Lecturer in the Symbolic Systems Program, where his five research grants and teaching have focused on the topic of Learning Facial Emotions for Autism. He had an appointment as a Senior Researcher in the Computational Learning Laboratory at the Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI). David served on a faculty advisory committee of the Stanford Institute for Creativity in the Arts (SiCa). He had an appointment as a Visiting Scholar while on sabbatical at Stanford during the 2001-2002 academic year.

From 1988 to 2005, David 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. He was the Director of the Knowledge Based Systems Group. David received my Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1987. His Ph.D. dissertation research was carried out in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University between 1982-1987.

Research Projects: Interactive Learning Environments
     Learning to Recognize Emotions for Autism
          (with Dacher Keltner, Dan Cordaro)

     Stanford News Article: Learning Facial Emotions and Autism
          (with Michael Azgour, Antonio Hardan, Kay Kostopolous)

     Apprenticeship Learning Systems: Learning by Natural Instruction
         (with David Fried) 

Research Projects: Models of Human Learning
     Child Language Learning: Semantic Bootstrapping (with Sheldon Nicholl)
     Learning for Natural Language Story Comprehension (with Eugene Grois)
     Learning Speed Curves: Prediction of Average Case Performance (with Carl Kadie)
     Stanford University:
           Symsys 210: Learning Facial Emotions: Art and Psychology

           (with Kay Kostopolous, Michael Azgour)

           Symsys 210 Enrollment Request Form
     University of Illinois:
          About half of the courses taught were in the Dept of Computer Science (AI)
          and half in the Dept of Psychology (Cognitive Science)

Publications, in PDF format
     Selected              Chronological

     Readings in Knowledge Acquisition and Learning (book with Bruce Buchanan)
Research Group, Knowledge Based Systems (KBS)
     Ph.D Dissertations and M.S. Theses
     Academic Genealogy  (produced by Haym Hirsh and Vadim Bulitko)