April 2010- Maithilee Kunda wins the 2010 Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship. Congratulations, Maithilee!
Briefly, building from Temple Grandin’s “Thinking in Pictures” hypothesis about people with autism spectrum disorders, Maithilee has identified Raven’s intelligence test as a context for understanding analogical representations of visuo-spatial knowledge. She, along with Keith McGreggor, has developed a computational model of the Raven’s test using only affine transformations over analogical representations of the input images. She has found that this novel computational technique performs about as well on the Raven’s test as a ten year old typically developing child. Way to go!