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The Symbolic Systems Program (SSP) at Stanford University focuses on computers and minds: artificial and natural systems that use symbols to communicate, and to represent information. SSP brings together students and faculty interested in different aspects of the human-computer relationship, including...
  • cognitive science: studying human intelligence, natural languages, and the brain as computational processes;
  • artificial intelligence: endowing computers with human-like behavior and understanding; and
  • human-computer interaction: designing computer software and interfaces that work well with human users.

Symbolic Systems' affiliated faculty come from several departments at Stanford, including Computer Science, Linguistics, Philosophy, Psychology, Communication, Statistics, and Education. Our students are exposed to the tools of these disciplines -- formal methods, philosophical analysis, computer programming, and empirical research -- with the aim of being able to apply the appropriate tool(s) to a chosen area of specialization. SSP alumni are found in various occupations, including software design and applications, teaching and research, law, medicine, and public service.


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Congratulations to Joshua Haner (Class of 2002), staff photographer and senior editor for photo technology at the The New York Times, who has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photograpy "for his moving essay on a Boston Marathon bomb blast victim who lost most of both legs and now ...


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A few members of Symbolic Systems' Class of 2013 sat down after our annual Graduation Lunch on June 13, 2013, and reflected on their experiences as students and on applying for jobs or graduate school. A follow-up to previous commencement panels, this has become an annual event.  audio link [mp3 ...


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Posted by Admin 1 week ago

Office hours for the Symbolic Systems Advising Fellows and Program Administrators will resume the week of March 31. Check here at the beginning of that week for the new hours.  If you are viewing this in the newsroll, click "Full Article" to see the complete list of office hours. Watch ...


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