About Me

Information

I work on the OMCS project, giving computers common sense and coming up with algorithms that make use of that common sense. I organize the Common Sense Computing Initiative and am a Research Scientist at MIT.
Email: havasi at media dot mit dot edu

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Research Interests

Common sense reasoning, dimensionality reduction, natural language processing, storytelling, games with a purpose, computers and theater, machine learning, language acquisition, cognitive modeling, intelligent user interfaces, cognitive architectures, learning and memory, AI in education, interfaces for encouraging creativity, and game design

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Teaching

I co-founded an educational non-profit called Learning Unlimited. Inspiring others to teaching and learning is a great experience.

Last year, I co-taught Common Sense for Intelligent User Interfaces at MIT and Algorithms for Computational Linguistics at Brandeis while finishing my dissertation.

I have TAed for:
At Brandeis: Artificial Intelligence, Topics in Computational Cognitive Science,Theory of Computation, and the Internet and Society
At MIT: Natural Language Processing
In addition, I do volunteer outreach teaching with the Educational Studies Program, Mathcamp, and other outreach programs.

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Personal Interests

I'm interested in hiking and nature, travel, theater, tea, politics, board and card games, teaching, and cooking. I enjoy solving and writing puzzles and am part of the Manic Sages mystery hunt team.

In the past I have been part of many theater productions in a directing, producing, or design capacity, most recently working "backstage" at Punchdrunk's Boston production of Sleep No More. For other work I've done, searching Google will find you more examples than these.

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