Prof. Michael G. Dyer HomePage
Chair, Computer Science (CS) Doctoral Dissertations: (as of Jan. 2017, Prof. Dyer is no longer taking on new students)
David Jurgens (2014) Making the Most of It: Word Sense Annotation and Disambiguation in the Face of Data Sparsity and Ambiguity. Ph.D. Dissertation, CS Dept. UCLA.
Trent E. Lange (2010). Massively Parallel Reasoning: A Structured Connectionist Approach to Natural Language Understanding and Memory Retrieval. Ph.D. Dissertation, CS Dept. UCLA.
Michael Williams (2006) Signal Use and Emergent Cooperation. Ph.D. Dissertation, CS Dept. UCLA.
Gerald Chao (2003) A Probabilistic Integrative Approach for Improved Natural Language Disambiguation. Ph.D. Dissertation, CS Dept. UCLA.
Anand Panangadan (2002). Construction using Autonomous Agents in a Simulated Environment. Ph.D. Dissertation, CS Dept. UCLA.
Frederick L. Crabbe (2000) Construction and Learning Among Neurally Controlled Agents. Ph.D. Dissertation, CS Dept. UCLA.
Ronald Sumida (1997). Parallel Distributed Semantic Networks for Natural Language Processing. Ph.D. Dissertation, CS Dept. UCLA.
John "Jack" B. Hodges, Jr. (1993). Naive Mechanics: A Computational Model for Representing and Reasoning about Simple Mechanical Devices. Ph.D. Dissertation, CS Dept. UCLA.
Scott R. Turner. (1992). MINSTREL: A Computer Model of Creativity and Storytelling. Ph.D. Dissertation, CS Dept., UCLA. [Published as book: Turner, S. R. (1994). The Creative Process: A Computer Model of Storytelling and Creativity. Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc., Mahwah, NJ]
Valeriy I. Nenov, (1991). Perceptually Grounded Language Acquisition: A Neural/Procedural Hybrid Model. Ph. D. Dissertation, CS Dept., UCLA. [Nominated by UCLA CS Dept. for 1992 Best Dissertation Award]
John F. Reeves. (1991). Computational Morality: A Process Model of Belief Conflict and Resolution for Story Understanding. Ph.D. Dissertation, CS Dept., UCLA.
Geunbae Lee. (1991). Distributed Semantic Representations for Goal/Plan Analysis of Narratives in a Connectionist Architecture. Ph.D. Dissertation, CS Dept., UCLA.
Alexander E. Quilici. (1991). The Correction Machine: A Computer Model of Recognizing and Producing Belief Justifications in Argumentative Dialogs. Ph.D. Dissertation, CS Dept., UCLA.
Risto P. Miikkulainen. (1990). DISCERN: A Distributed Artificial Neural Network Model of Script Processing and Memory. Ph.D. Dissertation, CS Dept. UCLA. [Published as book: Miikkulainen, R. P. (1993). Subsymbolic Natural Language Processing: An Integrated Model of Scripts, Lexicon and Memory, Bradford Book/MIT Press.]
Sergio J. Alvarado. (1989). Understanding Editorial Text: A Computer Model of Argument Comprehension. Ph.D. Dissertation. CS Dept. UCLA. [Published as book: Alvarado, S. J. (1990). Understanding Editorial Text: A Computer Model of Argument Comprehension. Kluwer Academic Publishers.]
Charles P. Dolan. (1989). Tensor Manipulation Networks: Connectionist and Symbolic Approaches to Comprehension, Learning, and Planning. Ph.D. Dissertation. CS Dpet. UCLA.
Michael J. Pazzani. (1988). Learning Causal Relationships: An Integration of Empirical and Analytic Learning Methods. Ph.D. Dissertation, CS Dept. UCLA. [Published as book: Pazzani, M. J. (1990). Creating a memory of causal relationships: An integration of empirical and explanation-based learning method, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates (LEA Press) Hillsdale, NJ.]
Erik T. Mueller. (1987). Daydreaming and Computation: A Computer Model of Everday Creativity, Learning, and Emotions in the Human Stream of Thought. Ph.D. Dissertation, CS Dept. UCLA. [Published as book: Mueller, E. T. (1989). Daydreaming in Humans and Machines: A Computer Model of the Stream of Thought, Ablex Publ., Norwood NJ.]
Uri Zernik. (1987). Strategies in Language Acquisitions: Learning Phrases from Examples in Context. Ph.D. Disseration, CS Dept. UCLA.
Co-Chair, Non-CS Dissertations:
Richard G. Feifer. (1989). An Intelligent Tutoring System for Graphic Mapping Strategies. Ph.D. Dissertation, School of Education, UCLA. Co-chaired with Prof. Eva L. Baker.
Michael E. Gasser. (1988). A Connectionist Model of Sentence Generation in a First and Second Language. Ph.D. Dissertation, Applied Linguistics Dept., UCLA. Co-chaired with Prof. Evelyn Hatch.