Iris Oved  ioved<at>ucsd<dot>edu

Philosophy of Mind, Cognitive Science, 

Artificial Intelligence, Developmental Psychology

Research Background and Interests:   

My background and interests are at the intersection of the Philosophy of Mind, Epistemology, Developmental Psychology, and Artificial Intelligence. I work with computer scientists, roboticists, and developmental psychologists to explore concept acquisition and a range of related topics including: the connections between perception, language, and thought, Bayesian information gathering, hypothesis-formation and testing, and inference to the best explanation.

Computing Innovations Fellow: University of Arizona, Computer Science/SISTA, 2009-2011 

Ph.D.: 2009, Rutgers University, Philosophy (under Jason Stanley)

Cognitive Science Certificate: 2005, Rutgers University (under Matthew Stone)

B.A.:   2001, University of Arizona, Interdisciplinary Studies (under Merrill Garrett)

Stay tuned to The Paradox Lab and Magic and the Mind for my outreach projects: [under construction] 


My DissertationBaptizing Meanings for Concepts    


      Table of Contents  




(2015) with Shaun Nichols and David Barner. A Learning Model for Essentialist Concepts. Proceedings of the Fifth Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics. pdf here 

(2014) with Pierina Cheung and David Barner. Concepts as Representations for Essences: Evidence from Use of Generics. Proceedings of the Cognitive Science Society Conference, 2014. pdf here 

(2014) with Gail Heyman and David Barner. Magical Thinking: Outcome Bias Affects Children’s Evaluation of Testimony. Proceedings of the Cognitive Science Society Conference, 2014. pdf here

(2014) Hypothesis Formation and Testing in the Acquisition of Atomic Concepts. Philosophical Studies. pdf here 

(2012) with Cole Sohn and Maxwell Mainman. Selves in Video Games: Reflections by Two Middle-Schoolers in an After School Program on Consciousness. American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and Computers.

(2011) with Ian Fasel. Philosophically Inspired Concept-Acquisition for Artificial General Intelligence. Proceedings of the Fourth Conference on Artificial Intelligence. Mountain View, CA. pdf here 

(2010) with Ian Fasel, Nassim Mafi, Andrew Wilt, and Clayton Morrison. Technical Report: Unsupervised Concept Discovery through Intrinsically Motivated Exploration. pdf: NIPS

(2010) with Terry Horgan. Commentary on John Pollock's “Probabilities for AI”. APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Computing

(2009) Baptizing Meanings for Simple Concepts. Proceedings of the Twentieth Midwest Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science Conference. MAICS-09. Fort Wayne, Indiana. April18-19. Pg 104-109. pfd here

(2006) with David DeVault and Matthew Stone. Societal Grounding is Essential to Meaningful Language Use. Proceedings of the Twenty-First National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-06). Boston, July 2006.  PDF here 

(2005) with David DeVault, Natalia Kariaeva, Anubha Kothari, Matthew Stone. An Information-State Approach to Collaborative Reference. Association for Computational Linguistics. Proceedings Companion Volume, Pgs 1-4. PDF here

(2005) with John Pollock. Vision, Knowledge, and the Mystery Link. Philosophical Perspectives. Blackwell. Pg 309-351. PDF here


Papers for John Pollock Group: Cognizers and Cognition