Robert C. Berwick
Department: Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, jointly with Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Phone: (617) 253-8918
How do complex systems in the physical and biological world – from organisms to human language – arise from the interaction of simpler parts? How can we model these using the tools of mathematics, computation, and control? Can we build computer systems that learn language in the way that people do? Such fundamental questions have driven Professor Berwick’s research over several decades, leading to the first modern computer program to learn language. Professor Berwick has written eight books and more than 200 articles on the nature of human language and its computational properties, how language is learned, how it develops and differs, and how it evolves and changes over time. He has also written extensively as a critic of evolutionary psychology and sociobiology.