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.


Write me an email: me@felixbinder.met