Research InterestsOur brains are able to cope with knowledge of very diverse types and natures seamlessly. We can reason logically, predict where and when a ball will hit the wall, infer people's motives, recognize objects through vision, touch, sounds and all kinds of sensory information and achieve many more impressive feats. I believe that the ultimate question of cognition lies in the representations and algorithms that our brains employ in performing all these amazingly diverse set of acts. My research uses behavioral and computational methods to understand the nature of the representations and algorithms involved in shape perception.
Erdogan G., Jacobs R. A. (work in progress) Learning Data-Driven Proposals through Reinforcement Learning for Efficient Probabilistic Inference.
Erdogan G., Jacobs R. A. (under review) Visual Shape Perception as Bayesian Inference of 3D Object-centered Shape Representations code supplementary materials
Erdogan G., Jacobs R. A. (2016) A 3D shape Inference Model Matches Human Visual Object Similarity Judgments Better Than Deep Convolutional Neural Networks. In Papafragou, A., Grodner, D., Mirman, D., & Trueswell, J.C. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. webpage code supplementary materials
Erdogan G., Chen, Q., Garcea F. E., Mahon B. Z., Jacobs R. A. (2016) Multisensory Part-Based Representations of Objects in Human Lateral Occipital Complex. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. Vol. 28, No. 6, Pages 869-881. webpage
Erdogan G., Yildirim I., Jacobs R. A. (2015) From Sensory Signals to Modality-Independent Conceptual Representations: A Probabilistic Language of Thought Approach. PLoS Comput Biol 11(11): e1004610. doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004610 webpage
Erdogan G., Yildirim I., Jacobs R. A. (2015). An Analysis-by-synthesis Approach to Multisensory Object Shape Perception. Multimodal Machine Learning Workshop. NIPS 2015. webpage
Erdogan G., Yildirim I., Jacobs R. A. (2014). Transfer of Object Shape Knowledge across Visual and Haptic Modalities. In P. Bello, M. Guarini, M. McShane, & B. Scassellati (Eds.), Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. webpage
TeachingSpring 2014 - BCS111 Foundations of Cognitive Science
Spring 2015 - BCS153 Cognition
Fall 2015 - BCS183 Animal Minds