What is Symbolic Systems?

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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.

Students: Check out the Symbolic Systems Society. The Society is a student-led group for SymSys students and those interested in symbolic systems. The Society hosts many events for students, including symposia, coffee chats, special dinners, field trips, and student-alum and student-faculty dinners.

What's New in Symbolic Systems?

Important update underlined below, July 30, 2018 - Please read below if you are an undeclared junior!

Special Notice for 2018-2019. SYMSYS 1, which is usually taught in the Autumn Quarter, will be taught in the Winter in 2018-2019. This means that if you are an undergraduate who wants to declare ...

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Posted by Admin 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Eight current Symbolic Systems students have been appointed as undergraduate peer Advising Fellows for the Academic Year 2018-2019:

  • Sandhini Agarwal ('19) Learning
  • Antonio Aguilar ('18), Human-Computer Interaction [Continuing AF, Autumn Quarter]
  • Roma Dziembaj ('19) Artificial Intelligence
  • Maame Akua Kome-Mensah ('19), Decision Making and Rationality
  • Darian Martos ('19), Artificial Intelligence
  • Santosh ...

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Posted by Admin 2 months, 1 week ago

Office hours are designated times when Stanford students are invited to consult with Symbolic Systems Advising Fellows and Program Administrators. AFs' and Director's/Associate Director's office hours are on hiatus for the summer and will begin the week of September 24, 2018.  If you are viewing this in ...

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Posted by Admin 3 years, 11 months ago
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