Research interests

My primary research is in artificial intelligence, a field that seeks to re-create the intelligent abilities that humans have developed. That goal has proved to be more challenging than the early researchers imagined, because there's a great deal we don't yet understand about human intelligence. Still, AI research has produced many fascinating and useful ideas.

I am also interested in the scientific study of education. In this kind of research, students and courses themselves are the subjects, and the goal is to develop more effective techniques for teaching and learning.


My graduate work focused on relational transfer in reinforcement learning. This former website describes what that means and lists my publications in that area.

At St. Lawrence, my projects have spanned a wider range of topics. The papers below are peer-reviewed publications that have sprung from recent work.