Dr. Ron Chrisley

Dr. Ron Chrisley

Director, Centre for Cognitive Science, Department of Informatics at University of Sussex, UK


Ron is Director of the Centre for Cognitive Science (COGS) at the University of Sussex, a position he holds since 2003, where he is also on the faculty of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science. 

He was until recently Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Human-Centered AI (HAI) and Visiting Professor in Symbolic Systems at Stanford.  This was a kind of homecoming for him, in that his over three-decade-long career of research in AI began in the same place, when he was an undergraduate: as an AI programmer and research assistant at Stanford’s Psychology Department, Stanford’s Knowledge Systems Laboratory, NASA Ames, and Xerox PARC.

He also conducted research in machine learning for speech recognition as a Fulbright Scholar at the Helsinki University of Technology in Finland, and at ATR Laboratories in Japan. The Fellowship that is supporting Ron’s affiliation with Stanford HAI is made possible by the University of Sussex via generous donations from Reid Hoffman and the Aphorism Foundation.

In 1992 he took up a lectureship in Philosophy in the School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences at the University of Sussex, and he received a DPhil in Philosophy from the University of Oxford in 1997.  From 2001-2003 he was Leverhulme Research Fellow in Artificial Intelligence at the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham.