Associate Professor of Computer Science
Simon Levy came to Washington and Lee in 2002. He is also the faculty advisor to W&L Hillel.
Ph.D., computer science from Brandeis University (2003)
M.A., linguistics from the University of Connecticut (1991)
B.A., linguistics from Yale University (1987)
Robotics, Cognitive Science, Neural Networks, Linguistics
Professor Levy's research is driven by the question: what kinds of things suggested by the architecture of the brain, if we modeled them mathematically, could give some of the properties that we associate with mind? His most recent paper addresses this topic from the perspective of robotics. His current work with students involves software for controlling miniature surveillance vehicles. Previous work has included publications on artificial intelligence for video games, improving machine translation of human languages, and software tools for parallel computing.
Scientific Computing, Theory of Computation, Programming Language Design, Artificial Intelligence, Introduction to Robotics, Introduction to Computational Modeling
Levy, S. D., S. Bajracharya,, and R.W. Gayler (2013) Learning Behavior Hierarchies via High-Dimensional Sensor Projection. In Learning Rich Representations from Low-Level Sensors: Papers from the 2013 AAAI Workshop.
Gayler, R.W. and S. D. Levy, eds. (2011) Compositional Connectionism in Cognitive Science II: The Localist / Distributed Dimension. Connection Science 23:2.
Levy, S.D. (2010) Becoming Recursive: Toward a Computational Neuroscience Account of Recursion in Language and Thought. In H. van der Hulst (ed.) Recursion and Human Language. Mouton De Gruyter.
Gayler, R.W., S.D. Levy, and R. Bod (2010) Explanatory Aspirations and the Scandal of Cognitive Neuroscience. Proceedings of Brain-Inspired Cognitive Architectures 2010. ISO Press.
Levy, S.D. and R. W. Gayler (2009) "Lateral Inhibition" in a Fully Distributed Connectionist Architecture. Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Cognitive Modeling. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Cognitive Science, Language/Linguistics
Interviewed for a feature article in the Roanoke Times about robotics course (24 May 2004)
Professor Levy enjoys playing Old Time music on the fiddle with Rockbridge-area musicians, practicing martial arts, playing paintball, and participating in events sponsored by Washington and Lee Campus Hillel and other cultural organizations.