My name is David Cox.
I'm a computational neuroscienstist and machine learning researcher at IBM Research, where I am the Director of the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, a joint research effort between MIT and IBM devoted to discovering what's next in artifical intelligence. Our lab brings together an extremely talented group of scientists across both MIT and IBM, and represents an entirely new model for industry/academic partnership.
In my own research, I'm interested in understanding how our brains enable us to understand the torrent of information that we receive through our senses, so that we can build machines that can do the same. Prior to joining IBM, I was John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Natural Sciences and of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard (currently on leave). You can find a more formal (and probably out of date) academic CV here, or you can just check out my Google Scholar profile.
My academic lab's alumni include several professors who have started their own labs and founders of several several exciting startups.
I enjoy teaching and am paricularly excited about the interaction of technology and education. I built The Fundamentals of Neuroscience, one of the earliest Massive Open Online Courses at Harvard. Together with an amazing team, we worked to push the boundaries of what is possible with online courses. The course has been visited by over half a million people in 192 countries. On campus, I used this online course to experiment with "flipped" classroom teaching. It's a lot of fun. We've also been thrilled to collaborate with colleagues in education research on using our course as a platform for exploring what works in online education.
I feel strongly that scientists need to engage with the public. I have engaged in a variety of outreach activities, from teaching kids, to public speaking, to organizing and participating in events aimed at the public. I'm glad that the public is interested in what I study, and I'm keen to share my passion for science and engineering with others. I also like to think about the ways in which machine learning and neuroscience technologies will impact society; this is something that I do through my role as a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School.
You can probably find my email through an online directory if you put your mind to it. Like most scientists, I get more email than I can handle, so please don't be offended if I don't respond. I have accounts on LinkedIn and Facebook, but I rarely check them. I am an active Twitter user, where my username is @neurobongo.