Tao Gao

Department of Communication

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I explore human social perception and cognition, with a special focus on aspects of the human mind that can inspire the development of artificial intelligence that is communicative and trustworthy. I am jointly appointed to the Department of Communication and the Department of Statistics. I obtained my Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Yale, and then worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the Center of Brain, Mind and Machine at MIT. Prior to joining UCLA, I was a research scientist in the Computer Vision and Machine Learning labs at GE Global Research.