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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 SymSys program ever since. 

SymSys is

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

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 Year from 2020, in their ninth annual vote for notable symbols.

The most common illustrations of the virus used in the U.S. were public domain

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 persistence and dedicated work in creating the Voices of SymSys podcast series, as well as her

Congratulations to Jñani Crawford (Class of 2020) for being awarded a Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research for his Honors thesis, Validation and Generalization of Pixel-wise Relevance in CNNs Trained for Face Classification.  Jñani was advised by Prof. Kalanit Grill-Spector (Psychology), and his second reader

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

STANFORD, CA, FEB. 3, 2020 - Affiliates of the Symbolic Systems Program at Stanford University have chosen the phrase "quid pro quo" as the Symbol of the Year from 2019, in their eighth annual vote for notable symbols.

The winning symbol was nominated by Parke Bostrom (B.S., 1997), who

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.