Jie Ren, Ph.D.

Instructor of Statistics, Brown University,

Visiting Professor, McGovern Institute for Brain Research at Beijing Normal University, China, 

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Research Interests 

My research is concerned with the biology and neurology of infant speech acquisition. The research methods used in my research include behavioral measures of infant speech perception, functional neuroimaging (fNIRS) and computational modeling with advanced machine-learning techniques. 


Education 

2016 Ph.D. Brown University (Cognitive Science). 

2014 M.A.   Brown University (Biostatistics)

2009 M.A.  Beijing Language and Culture University (Psycholinguistics)


Appointments

2017-present: Visiting Professor, National Key Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China

2016--2017: Research Fellow, Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University

2014--presentInstructor of Statistics, Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences, Brown University


Selected Ongoing Projects 

Developmental cortical lateralization in infant speech reorganization -- Evidence from fNIRS
Role: Co-PI. Collaborators: Rushen Shi, Université du Québec à Montréal; Heather Bortfeld, University of California, Merced; Haijing Niu, Beijing Normal University; Luca Onnis & Gianluca Esposito, Nanyan Technological University, Singapore

Computational modeling of speech acquisition using advanced machine-learning techniques.
Role: PI. Collaborator/Advisor: Joseph L. Austerweil, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Developmental cortical lateralization in infant visual perception -- Evidence from fNIRS
Role: Co-PI. Collaborator/Advisor: Dima Amso, Brown University

Mandarin children's interpretation of ad hoc implicatures.
Role: Co-PI. Collaborator: Peng Zhou, Tsinghua University, China; Michael C. Frank, Stanford University 


Referred Publications

Ren, J., Austerweil, J. A. (2017). Interpreting Asymmetric Perception in Speech Processing using Bayesian Inference. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. [pdf]

Ren, J., Cohen-Priva, U. & Morgan, J. L. (under editorial review). The Devil in the Details: (A)symmetries in Infants' Early Lexical Representations. 

Ren, J., & Gao, L (under revision). Mandarin Speakers' Knowledge of the Sonority Sequencing Principle. Paper submitted to Journal of Psycholinguistic Research.

Ren, J., (Submitted). Segmental and Supra-segmental Details in Early Lexical Representations.

Ren, J., & Oberman, L. (Invited Submssion). Neural Basis of Auditory and Social Processing in Autism Spectrum Disorders: the Role of Posterior Superior Temporal Sulcus (STG). Invited journal paper submission to Molholm, S., Baudouin, S., Wallace M. T., and Foxe J. J. (Ed.). (2017). The Neurobiological Bases of Autism Spectrum Disorders [Special issue]. The European Journal of Neuroscience.

Ren, J., (Invited Submission). Brain-Lateralization in Preterm Infants’ Lexical Tone Perception. Invited journal paper submission to Sing, L., Burnham, D., Mattock, K. & Hay, J. (Ed.). (2017). Lexical Tone Perception in Infants and Young Children: Empirical studies and theoretical perspectives [Special issue]. Frontiers in Psychology, Language Sciences.

Zhou, P., Ren, J. & Frank, M. C., (Invited submission). Crosslinguistic interpretations of Ad Hoc Implicatures. Invited journal paper submission to Zhou, P., Crain, S. & Yip, M. (Ed.). (2017). Experimental Approaches to the Study of Child Language: A Cross-linguistic Perspective [Special issue]. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research.

Ren, J. (2016). Segmental and Suprasegmental Details in Early Lexical Representations. Paper to appear in the 40th Proceedings of Boston University Conference on Language Development, Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Ren, J. & Morgan, J.L. (2012). The Devil in the Details: Underspecification in Infants’ and Adults’ Lexical Representations. 36th Proceedings of Boston University Conference on Language Development, (pp. 500-511), Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Ren, J. & Morgan, J.L. (2011). Developmental Continuity in Early Lexical Representation. Proceedings of the 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS XVII) (pp. 1686-1689), August, Hong Kong.

Ren, J. & Morgan, J.L. (2011). Do Infants have MORE detailed Lexical Representation than Adults? Proceedings of the 47th Chicago Linguistic Society Annual Meeting, Volume 47, number 2, (pp. 185-192). Chicago, Illinois: MetaPress. 

Conference Presentations and Invited Talks

Ren, J., Austerweil, J. A. (2017). Interpreting Asymmetric Perception in Speech Processing using Bayesian Inference. Oral presentation at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, London, UK.

Ren, J., Panameno, A. Hirshberg, L. & Oberman, L. (2016). Modulation of Behavioral Inhibition in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Poster presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of Society for Neuroscience (SfN), San Diego, CA. 

Ren, J. (2016). Feature Specification in Infants' Lexicon. Invited Colloquium Speech in the Haskins Laboratories Staff Talk SeriesHaskins Laboratories, Yale University. November 2016, New Haven, CT.

Ren, J. (2016). Underspecification in Infants' and Adults' Lexical Representations. Invited Talk in the Department of Linguistics, MIT. November 2016, Cambridge, MA.

Ren, J. (2016). Segmental and Suprasegmental Details in Early Lexical Representations. Invited Talk at MUUSLAW Language Acquisition Worrkshop, April 2016, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.

Ren, J. (2015). A Study of Developmental Continuity. Invited Colloquium Speech at The Chinese Academy of Social Science (CASS). December 31st, 2015, Beijing, China.

Ren, J. (2015). From Features to Words: A Study of Developmental Continuity. Invited Seminar Talk at Beijing Normal University. December 29th, 2015, Beijing, China.

Ren (2015). From Features to Words: A Study of Developmental Continuity. Invited Seminar Speech at Department of Linguistics. December 10th 2015, University of California, Berkeley, CA.

Ren (2015). From Features to Words: A Study of Developmental Continuity. Invited talk at Language and Cognition Lab. December 7th, 2015, Stanford University, CA.

Ren, J. 
& Morgan, J.L. (2015). Segmental and Suprasegmental Details in Early Lexical Representations. Paper presented at Boston University Conference on Language Development, 40, November 2015, Boston, MA.

Ren, J. (2015). Infants’ Early Lexical Representation. Invited Talk at the Department of Linguistics, Boston University, October 21st, Boston, MA.

Ren, J., (2015). Consonants and Tones in 19-month-olds' Lexicon. Invited Poster Presentation at the Young Scholar Conference in Brain Sciences, Brown University, Providence, RI.

Ren, J. (2015). The Devil in the Detail: Underspecification in Toddlers' and Adults' Lexical Representations. Invited Talk at The Gibson Lab, MIT. April 2015, Cambridge, MA.

Ren, J.,& Morgan, J.L. (2014). Developmental Continuity in Lexical representations. Poster presented at the 39th Boston University Conference on Language Development, November 2014, Boston, MA.

Ren, J., & Morgan, J.L. (2014). Developmental (Dis)Continuity in the Nature of Human Lexical Representations. Poster presented at XIX Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies, July 2014, Berlin, Germany.

Ren, J., Austerweil, & J. L & Morgan, J.L. (2014). Interpreting Language Universal Constraints with Bayesian Inference. Paper presented at the proceedings of 84th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, January 2014, Minneapolis, MN.

Ren, J.,& Morgan, J.L. (2013). Resolving Asymmetric Findings on Asymmetries in Infant Speech Perception. The 2013 Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, April 2013, Seattle, WA.

Ren, J.,& Morgan, J.L. (2013). Segmental and Supra-segmental Details in Early Lexical Representations. Paper presented at the proceedings of 83rd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, January 2013, Boston, MA. 

Morgan, J.L. & Ren, J. (2012). Speech Sound Frequency and Speech Sound Discrimination. XVIII Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies, June 2012, Minneapolis, MN.

Ren, J. & Morgan, J.L.(2011). Developmental Continuity in Early Lexical Representation. Proceedings of the 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS XVII), August, 2011, Hong Kong.

Ren, J. & Morgan, J.L.(2011). Do Infants have MORE detailed Lexical Representation as Adults? Paper presented at the 47th Chicago Linguistic Society Annual Meeting, April 2011, Chicago, IL.

Ren, J & Morgan, J.L.(2011). Infants' Representation of Word-Final Consonants (Poster). The 2011 Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, March 2011, Montreal, QC, Canada. 

Ren, J., Gao, L & Morgan, J.L.(2010). Mandarin Speakers' Knowledge of the Sonority Sequencing Principle. The XX Colloquium of Generative Grammar, March 2010, Barcelona, Spain. 

Ren, J., & Gao, L (2008). On Stress Assignment Algorithms of Mandarin Disyllabic Compound Words. The 7th Pan-Asiatic International Symposium on Languages and Linguistics, December 2008, Guangzhou, China. 

Ren, J., & Gao, L (2008). Syntax is Free from Phonology--The Prosodic-driven PF Movement Hypothesis. The 12th Symposium on Contemporary Linguistics, October 2008, Wuhan, China. 

Ren, J., & Gao, L (2008). Phonological Grammar is Categorical and Gradient (Poster). The International Symposium of Phonetic Frontiers, April 2008, Beijing, China.

Teaching
 
Summer2017: Instructor for CLPS0900, Quantitative Methods in Psychological Sciences, Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences, Brown University. Responsibility: Teaching statistics to Brown undergraduate students. 

Summer2016: Instructor for CLPS0900, Quantitative Methods in Psychological Sciences, Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences, Brown University. Responsibility: Teaching statistics to Brown undergraduate students. 

Summer2015: Instructor for CLPS0900, Quantitative Methods in Psychological Sciences, Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences, Brown University. Responsibility: Teaching statistics to Brown undergraduate students. 

Summer2014: Instructor for CLPS0900, Quantitative Methods in Psychological Sciences, 
Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences, Brown University. Responsibility: Teaching statistics to Brown undergraduate students.

Fall2013: Instructor for Math0050, Community College of Rhode Island. Responsibility: Teaching college level math in the Women’s Maximum Security Prison, Rhode Island Department of Correction.

Spring2012: Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Cognitive Neurological Science (CLPS0400), Brown University. Responsibility: homework grading, exam grading, and question answering.

Fall2012: Teaching Assistant for Quantitative Methods in Psychology (CLPS0900), Brown University. Responsibility: teaching statistic software using, exam making, homework grading, exam grading, and question answering.

Spring2011: Teaching Assistant for Quantitative Methods in Psychology (CLPS0900), Brown University. Responsibility: lab instructor (teaching weekly lab sessions), teaching statistic software,, exam making, homework grading, exam grading, and question answering.

Fall2010: Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Cognitive Science (CLPS0100), Brown University. Responsibility: exam making, essay grading, exam grading, and question answering.

2007-2009: Instructor for Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development Program, Beijing, China. Responsibility: teaching (in English) Australian young ambassadors Chinese languages and culture adaptation.

2007-2009: TOEFL Teacher at Global IELTS School. Responsibility: teaching (in English) college students TOEFL writing.

Spring 2006: Academic Secretary at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Hebei Normal University, Shijiazhuang, China. Responsibility: Assisting laboratory development and reviewing research proposals.

Fall 2005: Chinese Teacher at No.10 Middle School, Shijiazhuang, China. =Responsibility: teaching middle school students Chinese literature and linguistics.
 

Academic and Clinical Certificate

Certificate of Achievement for Matlab EEGLAB. Awarded by Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience, University of California, San Diego, November 2016.

Certificate for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). Awarded by Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation, Harvard Medical School, June 2016.

Certificate for Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS). Awarded by Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation, Harvard Medical School, June 2016.

Certificate for English Interpreter. Awarded by Department of Education, Brown University, June 2011.

Grants, Academic Honors, and Awards 

2017-2018: Outstanding International Scholar Award 
(¥100,000), National Key Laboratories of Cognitive Neurosciences & McGovern Institute for Brain Sciences, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China. 

2012-2015: Open Graduate Education Award ($76,000), Brown University.

2011-2012: Spoken word recognition in language acquisition: Mandarin tones ($2,500). Funding Source: The Graduate School Research Foundation for International Collaboration, Brown University. Role: Principle Investigator (PI).

2011-2012: Research Award for International Collaboration ($1000), Brown University.

2011-2012: International Affairs Conference Travel Award ($1000), Brown University.

2004-2005: National Award for Excellent University Students of China (¥8300).

2002 & 2004: Excellent Students Leader Award, National Education Administration of China.


Academic Membership

2009-Present: Linguistic Society of America (LSA).

2009-Present: Women in Cognitive Science

2010-Present: Society for Research of Child Development (SRCD).

2012-Present: America Psychology Association (APA).

2013-2015:     America Statistics Association (ASA).

2016-Present: Society for Neuroscience (SfN).

Pedagogical Training 


2012-2013: Sheridan Center for Teaching & Learning Certificate I (Developing a reflective teaching practice & adapting to learning styles).

2008-2009: Advanced Certificate for Teaching Chinese as a Second Language. National Chinese Education Administration, China.

2005-2006: Certificate for Middle School Instructor. National Administration of Education, China.


External Appointments 


2014-2015: Vice-President of Treasurer, Graduate Student Council, Brown University.

2010-2014: Vice-Treasurer, Graduate Student Council, Brown University.

2011-2012: English-Chinese Interpreter, Department of Education, Brown University.


Skills 

Computer: Proficient in R, SAS, and Matlab programming; elementary level in Python.

Statistics: Specialized in advanced statistical methods for neuro-physiological data analysis.

Music: Professional opera singer (soprano).



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