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Tenenbaum wins Troland Award

National Academy of Science award honors young investigators.

Joshua Tenenbaum, associate professor of computational cognitive science in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, is a recipient of the National Academy of Science’s Troland Award for 2011.

Tenenbaum, also a member of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, is one of two scientists to receive the 2011 Troland Award, given to young investigators to recognize unusual achievement and further empirical research in psychology regarding the relationships of consciousness and the physical world.

Tenenbaum was recognized for formulating a groundbreaking new Bayesian model of human inductive learning and for using this model to generate innovative empirical studies of human perception, language and reasoning.

The Troland Research Award, which includes a $50,000 prize, was established at the NAS by the late Leonard T. Troland, who graduated from MIT in 1912 with a degree in biochemistry.

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