Hi,

Welcome to my website!

I study social cognition and interaction from a computational and empirical perspective. The focus of my research is on how people interact with one another (and other intelligent systems like animals or machines) in order to teach, learn, communicate, and coordinate. In no particular order, some questions I've worked on include:

  • What makes cultural learning possible? That is, how do people pass knowledge, skills, and values onto others?
  • How do people use rewards and punishments to teach?
  • What is the difference between doing something and showing someone how to do something?
  • How do people work together and learn norms?
  • What do we need in order to design machines that can learn socially (and perhaps even teach)?

I'm currently a post-doc with Tom Griffiths and Sanjit Seshia's groups as part of the NSF's VeHICal grant based out of UC Berkeley.

Papers

  • Ho, M. K., Littman, M. L., Cushman, F., & Austerweil, J. L. (2018). Effectively learning from pedagogical demonstrations. In C. Kalish, M. Rau, T. Rogers, & J. Zhu (Eds.), Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. X–X). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.(PDF)

  • Ho, M. K., MacGlashan, J., Littman, M. L., & Cushman, F. (2017). Social is special: A normative framework for teaching with and learning from evaluative feedback. Cognition. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2017.03.006

  • MacGlashan, J., Ho, M. K., Loftin, R. T., Peng, B., Roberts, D. L., Taylor, M. E., & Littman, M. L. (2017). Interactive Learning from Policy-Dependent Human Feedback. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the 34th International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML).(PDF)

  • Ho, M. K., Littman, M. L., & Austerweil, J. L. (2017). Teaching by Intervention: Working Backwards, Undoing Mistakes, or Correcting Mistakes? In Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. (PDF)

  • Ho, M. K., Littman, M. L., MacGlashan, J., Cushman, F., & Austerweil, J. L. (2016). Showing versus doing: Teaching by demonstration. In D. D. Lee, M. Sugiyama, U. von Luxburg, & I. Guyon (Eds.), Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 29. Barcelona, Spain: Curran Associates, Inc. (PDF) **Selected for oral presentation**

  • Ho, M. K., MacGlashan, J., Greenwald, A., Littman, M. L., Hilliard, E. M., Trimbach, C., Brawner, S., Tenenbaum, J. B., Kleiman-Weiner, M., Austerweil, J. L. (2016). Feature-based joint planning and norm learning in collaborative games. In A. Papafragou, D. Grodner, D. Mirman, & J.C. Trueswell (Eds.), Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1158-1163). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. (PDF)

  • Kleiman-Weiner, M., Ho, M. K., Austerweil, J. L., Littman, M. L., & Tenenbaum, J. B. (2016). Coordinate to cooperate or compete: Abstract goals and joint intentions in social interaction. In Proceedings of the 38th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. (PDF)

  • Ho, M. K., Littman, M. L., Cushman, F. & Austerweil, J. L. (2015). Teaching with rewards and punishments: Reinforcement or communication?. In D. C. Noelle and R. Dale and A. S. Warlaumont and J. Yoshimi and T. Matlock and C. D. Jennings and P. P. Maglio (Eds.), Proceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (p. 920-925). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. (PDF)

Curriculum Vitae

CV (last updated May 2018)

Contact Info


Mark K Ho

Email: mark_ho AT berkeley DOT edu