Prior to joining Westmont in 2003, I worked as a Research Scientist in the Artificial Intelligence group at NASA Ames Research Center and on the Automated Fingerprint Identification Sytem operated by the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services.
In 1991, I finished my PhD in Information and Computer Science focusing on machine learning at the University of California, Irvine. Pat Langley supervised my dissertation research, which implemented and evaluated a computational model of human motor skill learning. I earned my Bachelor's with Honors in (then) Computer and Information Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1984; my course work centered on Artificial Intelligence and Experimental and Cognitive Psychology. While completing the course-work toward a Master's degree at UCSC, I worked in Dominic Massaro's experimental psychology lab (now part of the Perceptual Science Laboratory).
During the period between graduate school and starting at Westmont,
in addition to NASA and the FBI,
I served as Assistant Director of the
Institute for the Study of Learning and Expertise,
was a Visiting Scholar in the
Computational Learning Laboratory of the
Center for the Study of Language and Information
at Stanford University.
I also served multiple companies in the broader silicon valley area
as an independent consultant
and as a Senior Research Scientist at Kanisa Inc., in Cupertino, CA.
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