Alex Clark

Alex Clark

Doctoral Student, Treasurer of MPCR

I started in the MPCR lab when I began studies in the PhD program at the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences at Florida Atlantic University in Fall 2016.  I have a BS in Math/Statistics, and a BA and MA in Philosophy with a focus in Philosophy of Mind.  In 2009 I completed my Master’s Thesis entitled In Defense of the Smooth Reduction of Folk Psychology in which I argued that the functional success of a folk psychology makes it indispensable in understanding human cognition and behavior, and that success in using neural networks to mimic human cognition does nothing to eschew that fact.

I believe that Neural Networks and Machine Learning can make valuable improvements to a wide variety of real-world tasks, and can help with a variety of academic and scientific research problems.  In my Doctoral research I would like to implement Neural Networks to mimic human and animal behavior and thereby glean insights into various questions of human cognition and Philosophy of Mind.  My immediate project is to create a Network that can determine dog breeds from a picture.  In addition I am offering my support and assistance to the Rover Team project, the EEG Team project, and the MPCR lab’s podcast.