Brenden M. Lake

Brenden is a Research Scientist at Facebook AI Research and an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Data Science at New York University. He received his M.S. and B.S. in symbolic systems from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in cognitive science from MIT. Brenden is a recipient of the Robert J. Glushko Prize for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Cognitive Science. He is in MIT Technology Review's Innovators Under 35, and his research was selected by Scientific American as one of the most important advances of 2016. Brenden's research focuses on computational problems that are easier for people than they are for machines, such as learning and creating new concepts, compositional learning, and asking questions.

Brenden's Publications

May 03, 2020

RESEARCH

COMPUTER VISION

Generalization without Systematicity: On the Compositional Skills of Sequence-to-Sequence Recurrent Networks

Humans can understand and produce new utterances effortlessly, thanks to their compositional skills. Once a person learns the meaning of a new verb “dax,” he or she can immediately understand the meaning of “dax twice” or “sing and dax.” In…

Brenden M. Lake, Marco Baroni,

May 03, 2020

May 03, 2020

RESEARCH

NLP

Compositional generalization through meta sequence-to-sequence learning

People can learn a new concept and use it compositionally, understanding how to “blicket twice” after learning how to “blicket.” In contrast, powerful sequence-to-sequence (seq2seq) neural networks fail such tests of compositionality,…

Brenden M. Lake,

May 03, 2020