About Me

My name is Jenna Register. I am the lab manager at the Computation and Language Lab at the University of Rochester. I am extremely low entropy, because I am fascinated with EVERYTHING. My mission in life is to help people find their passions by educating the world about math and science. I believe that an understanding of math, science, and programming can help us in our self-discovery. Maybe it sounds crazy, but... well, it should sound crazy. Self-discovery is like that!

I graduated from the University of Rochester in 2016 after studying what I dubbed "Non-Human Intelligence: Animals and Machines" (really I just studied cognitive science with a concentration in A.I. and ethology, but non-human intelligence sounds way cool!) I am absolutely enchanted by the metaphor between brains and honeybee colonies. The individual processing units that are worker bees give rise to a collective honeybee swarm decision-making process. I want to understand these computations. But even more than that, I am interested in how individual units give rise to collective behavior. On the web, in cities, in our brains, in animals, everywhere.

Currently I am working on research that investigates how humans naturally handle abstract relations, and thinking about how mental representations may be similar to combinatory logic. You can read more about the tools I use here. I also work on a Language of Thought model to understand rule learning, inspired by what we can infer from speech errors about the kinds of hypotheses learners have. I can most likely help you around a Terminal and experimental design in JavaScript. Sometimes, you can find me in our server room quietly cursing Linux and my own existence. I can also put together your computers/robots/furniture. I am pretty much the lab sidekick. Except I'm not whiny and my outfits are cool. But in all seriousness, I am always here to help.

Each day I am determined to become:
set('a better programmer', 'a better researcher', 'a better thinker', 'a better person')
I threw that in a set because I didn't want there to be a particular order.