Kai A. Krüger

I successfully completed my PhD at Gatsby in 2011, supervised by Peter Dayan. In march 2011 I moved to the University of Colorado at Boulder to the Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab supervised by Randy O'Reilly.
My main research interests lie in modelling of prefrontal cortex and executive control. In particular, I'm interested in the amazing flexibility of human control and its ability to rapidly adapt to novel tasks, either through efficient trial and error learning or through the help of instruction. I am interested in identifying some of the computational principals and requirements that allows the brain to achieve these and see if any of these principals can be applied to artificial learning agents and neural networks. In addition to these more abstract and basic research questions, I also have an interest in the more applied settings of using machine learning techniques to interprete neural recordings and other signals in the field of Brain-Computer-Interfaces to help severely impaired patients communicate again.


I have TAed the Unsupervised Learning course in 2006


Journal papers:

Krueger K A and Dayan P (2009)
Flexible shaping: How learning in small steps helps
Cognition, 110(3), 380-294

Conference presentations:

Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Conference, 2009
      Adaptive state space construction as a basis for improved learning through shaping

Computational and Systems Neuroscience, 2009
      Abstract rule representations in a bilinear model

Computational and Systems Neuroscience, 2008
      Modularization through the prism of shaping

Neural Information Processing Systems, Workshop talk 2007
      Flexible Shaping: How learning in small steps helps

Computational and Systems Neuroscience, 2007
      Flexible Shaping

Other talks:

Journal Club presentation, Cohen Lab, Princeton University, 2009
      Abstract models of cognitive flexibility

Columbia University - Hebrew University - Gatsby Meeting 2009
      Facilitating rule abstraction by appropriate state representations

École Normale Supérieure - Gatsby Meeting, 2007
      Flexible Shaping: How learning in small steps helps

PhD Thesis:

Sequential learning in the form of shaping as a source of cognitive flexibility

Contact details:

Kai Krueger
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
University of Colorado at Boulder
Muenzinger Building
United States

Email:kai.krueger -at- colorado (dot) edu
Tel:+1 303 492 6747

last updated: 17/10/11

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