Paul Smolensky

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Paul Smolensky is a Principal Researcher in the Deep Learning group of the Microsoft Research AI lab in Redmond WA as well as Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Cognitive Science at Johns Hopkins University. His research addresses the unification of symbolic and neural computation with a focus on the theory of grammar. This work led to Optimality Theory, which he co-created with Alan Prince (1993); this is an outgrowth of Harmonic Grammar, which he co-developed with Géraldine Legendre & Yoshiro Miyata (1990). He received the 2005 D. E. Rumelhart Prize for Outstanding Contributions to the Formal Analysis of Human Cognition.