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Todd and Ken at Graduation

Celebrating Associate Director, Todd Davies: 30 Years With SymSys!

The Symbolic Systems Program celebrates our Associate Director Dr. Todd Davies’ 30th anniversary as a staff member at Stanford. Todd received his PhD in the Stanford Psychology Department and – after a brief time away from the Farm – has been part of the…

Cartoon of people milling about and communicating

A linguist and computer scientist explores how AI is expanding from capturing individual words and sentences to modeling the social nature of language.

CDC image of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, aka the "spiky ball"

Coronavirus illustrations win Symbol of the Year Vote for 2020

STANFORD, CA - Affiliates of the Symbolic Systems Program at Stanford University have chosen illustrations of the SARS-CoV-2 virus as the Symbol of the…

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Barwise Award: Stephanie Niu ('19) and Darian Martos ('19)

Congratulations to Symbolic Systems graduates Stephanie Niu ('19, M.S. Computer Science '20) and Darian Martos ('19), who are each recipients this year of the Symbolic Systems Program's Barwise Award.

Stephanie is being recognized for her…

Jñani Crawford ('20)

Firestone Medal: Jñani Crawford ('20)

Congratulations to Jñani Crawford (Class of 2020) for being awarded a 

Director Michael Frank helps the world analyze how children acquire language differently—and just how much they have in common.

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"Quid Pro Quo" Wins Symbol of the Year Vote for 2019

STANFORD, CA, FEB. 3, 2020 - Affiliates of the Symbolic Systems Program at Stanford University have chosen the phrase "quid…

Michael Frank

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has recognized Michael Frank with a 2020 Troland Research Award for early language learning research. 

Anat is currently studying history with a minor in symbolic systems, a special Stanford major that combines linguistics and technology. She is currently writing an honors thesis about Labor Zionism and the kibbutz.