Samuel J. Bell

AI & neuroscience

I try to understand learning in both humans and machines.

At present I’m working on using neural networks as models of visual perceptual learning in adult humans. Specifically, I’m interested in modelling known behavioural phenomena such as limited generalisation, and investigating the general properties and mechanisms of human learning. Neural networks provide a perfect test bed for thinking about learning in the brain as a dynamic process.

I’m studying for PhD in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge (Queens’ College), supervised by Prof. Zoe Kourtzi and Prof. Neil Lawrence. During my master’s I worked on deep learning and natural language processing at the Cambridge Computer Laboratory. I did my bachelor’s in computer science at the University of Manchester, graduating 2013.

In between, I’ve also simulated financial crises in market risk at Goldman Sachs, built new retail banks at Thought Machine, and developed next generation credit scores at Credit Kudos.

If you’re interested in what I do, research collaborations or opportunities, please do drop me a line. My email is sjb326 [at] cam [dot] ac [dot] uk.