A/PROF Charles Kemp

A/PROF Charles Kemp


  • Human learning and reasoning
  • Probabilistic Models of Cognition
  • Word meanings across languages



Member of

  • Cognitive Science Society. Elected member of the Governing Board 2019 -


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2008
  • BSc (Hons), University of Melbourne 2001
  • BA, University of Melbourne 2000

Awards and honors

  • Prize for Computational Modelling of Language, Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Cognitive Science Society, 2018
  • Early Investigator Award, Society of Experimental Psychologists, 2015
  • William K Estes Early Career Award, Society for Mathematical Psychology, 2011
  • Prize for Computational Modelling of High Level Cognition, Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Cognitive Science Society, 2007
  • Walle Nauta Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT, 2005
  • AT&T South Pacic Leadership Award., AT&T, 2002


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I'm a cognitive scientist and much of my work involves developing and evaluating computational models. I'm looking for students with some background in a technical field (e.g. computer science, mathematics, statistics) and a keen interest in human behavior. Representative topics include cross-linguistic semantics, cultural and linguistic evolution, categorization, learning, decision-making and inductive reasoning. Representative approaches include probabilistic modeling, information-theoretic analyses, and the analysis of large naturally occurring data sets (e.g. linguistic corpora, dictionaries, twitter posts, and image collections). Please get in touch if you'd like to discuss possible research projects.