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.

If you had an account on the old Symsys site: You can log in under the "Deme Account" option using your old username and password. If you don't remember your username and/or password, email davies at stanford edu.

What's New in Symbolic Systems?

The Symbol of the Year in 2017, as voted by Symbolic Systems Program affiliates, is...


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Symbolic Systems Forum


Law, Order, and Algorithms

Sharad Goel
Management Science and Engineering Department

Monday, Jan. 22, 2018
12:30-1:20 pm
Building 460, Room 126 (Margaret Jacks Hall)

Data and algorithms are increasingly used in the criminal justice system, from tracking individuals with aerial cameras ...

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Office hours are designated times when Stanford students are invited to consult with Symbolic Systems Advising Fellows and Program Administrators. Office hours for Winter Quarter begin on January 8, 2018.  If you are viewing this in the newsroll, click "Full Article" to see the complete list of office hours. Watch ...

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