About me

I’m a third year PhD student at the Department of Cognitive Science at UC San Diego. I want to understand how people perceive, represent and interact with their physical environment in order to intelligently act in it. My work centers on planning and physical reasoning, especially how to use our understanding of humans to develop autonomous agents that interact with the physical world as robustly as humans do. Currently, I am exploring how the visual structure of the environment can guide planning. I also think about the models underlying physical understanding in humans and machines (and where they differ).

My approach is best described as computational cognitive science: trying to discover the high-level algorithms of cognition. I work with Judith Fan, David Kirsh and Marcelo Mattar.

I also work as a VJ and visual artist—find my artistic work at vj.felixbinder.net.

Find my CV here.

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It is a profoundly erroneous truism, repeated by all copy-books and by eminent people when they are making speeches, that we should cultivate the habit of thinking of what we are doing. The precise opposite is the case. Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about them. Operations of thought are like cavalry charges in a battle — they are strictly limited in number, they require fresh horses, and must only be made at decisive moments.

Alfred North Whitehead

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