2020 Inaugural Workshop of the Mellichamp Mind and Machine Initiative

Date Start
UC Santa Barbara, Marine Science Research Building (MSRB) Auditorium
Campus Point. Credit: Tony Mastres


The focus of the first Mind & Machine Intelligence workshop is the relationship between humans and intelligent machines. The basic premise is to bring together computational scientists studying the human mind and human behavior with computer scientists and engineers in order to: 1) Further the understanding of differences in the cognitive capabilities between humans and machines, 2) Allow scientists to better understand how the human brain works and what makes humans unique, and 3) Assess the imminent impacts of widespread use of artificial intelligence (AI) in societal decisions. This may in turn improve the development of the next generation of machine intelligence: By helping scientists understand how machines might influence human cognition and brain function, the benefits of new AI systems to society can be maximized through the development of theories on how to best integrate human and machine cognition for complex decision-making tasks. The current workshop will focus on three themes and will bring together experts from the fields of Computer Science, Engineering, Economics, Psychology and Neuroscience.

Dates & Location

Wednesday, February 19 - 21, 2020
Marine Science Research Building Auditorium
UC Santa Barbara




The Club & Guest House
UC Santa Barbara.
Phone: +1-805-893-7000

Workshop Organizers

Miguel P. Eckstein
Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences
Affiliate Faculty, Electrical and Computer Engineering

William Wang
Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Doug Steigerwald
Professor, Economics

Mike Miller
Chair, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Kelly Bedard
Chair, Economics

Tevfik Bultan
Chair, Computer Science

Dick Startz
Professor, Economics

Speaker List
Speaker Affiliation Area  
Byron Wallace Northeastern University CS
Huan Liu Arizona State University CS
Yevgeniy Vorobeychik Washington University in St. Louis CS
Heng Ji University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign CS
Louis-Philippe Morency Carnegie Mellon University CS
Lirong Xia Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute CS
Kyunghyun Cho New York University CS
Ambuj Singh UC Santa Barbara CS
Tom Griffiths Princeton PSY
Chen Yu Indiana University PSY
Elizabeth Spelke Harvard PSY
Steven Piantadosi UC Berkeley PSY
Amy Perfors University of Melbourne PSY
David Sussillo Google PSY
Anton Korinek University of Virginia ECON
Max Farrell University of Chicago ECON
Hal Varian Google, UC Berkeley Keynote
Melanie Mitchell Portland State University Keynote