Katherine Heller, Ph.D.

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Phone: (919) 684-3422

Box 90251
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708-0251

Email: kheller AT gmail DOT com

Assistant Professor

Center for Cognitive Neuroscience

Statistical Science, Arts & Sciences

DIBS Faculty, DIBS Investigator, Member, DIBS Center, D-CIDES Member

Research Description

I am interested in developing new statistical methods using hierarchical and nonparametric Bayesian models, as well as other techniques from Bayesian statistics and machine learning, for extracting useful information from data when little or no supervision is available. I apply these methods to problems in cognitive science, where I strive to model human behavior, including human categorization, perception, and social interactions in online environments.


NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011-2012

EPSRC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cambridge, Engineering Department, 2008-2011

Ph.D., University College London (UK), Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, Machine Learning, 2008

M.S., Columbia University, Computer Science, 2003

B.S., State University of New York at Stony Brook, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Computer Science, 2000

Recent Publications

J. T. Abbott, K. A. Heller, Z. Ghahramani, and T. L. Gri´Čâths. Testing a Bayesian measure of representativeness using a large image database. In Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS), 2011.

R. Silva, K.A. Heller, Z. Ghahramani, and E. Airoldi. Ranking Relations using Analogies in Biological and Information Networks. In Annals of Applied Statistics (AOAS), 2010.

K.A. Heller, A. Sanborn, and N. Chater. Hierarchical Learning of Dimensional Biases in Human Categorization. In Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS), 2009.

Research Areas

Research Topics

  • Cognition
  • Bayesian statistics
  • Machine learning