Ernest Davis

Department of Computer Science,   Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences,   New York University

Contact

Email: . Email is best
Phone: (212) 998-3123. Fax: (212) 995-4121
Address: Dept. of Computer Science, New York University, Room 329, 251 Mercer St., New York NY 10012 USA
Office hours: By appointment.

Teaching

Current Course Web Page: I am on sabbatical.
Previous Course Web Pages
Current Research Students: Paul Bethe, Ph.D. student. Automated bidding for computer bridge.
Academic Family Tree (Teachers and Students)
Computer Science Education At NYU


Research

In my research, I study the problem of representing commonsense knowledge: that is, the problem of taking the basic knowledge about the real world that is common to all humans; expressing it in a form that is systematic enough to be used by a computer program; and providing the program with techniques for effectively using that knowledge. My work has focused primarily on spatial and physical reasoning, but I have also looked at reasoning about knowledge, belief, plans, and goals, and their interaction with physical reasoning.

Current research projects

If you are interested in commonsense reasoning, you should check out the recent symposium Commonsense 2013. You might also like to look at the Common Sense Problem Page and at the Winograd Schema Challenge.


Publications

Books
Complete List of Research Papers
Research Papers with Abstracts
Book Reviews
Surveys and Essays
Presentations
Curriculum Vitae

Non-technical Writing

In the last few years, I have started regularly writing book reviews and opinion pieces, on topics ranging across computer science, mathematics, cognitive psychology, history of science, scientific biography, digital humanities, invented languages, and children's literature. These have been published in SIAM News, Computing Reviews, American Scientist, Mythprint, The New York Times, The Times Literary Supplement, The Financial Times, and the online New Yorker.

Personal

Picture
Collection of Quotations
Letters to the Editor .
My grandfather, Louis Finkelstein
Bibliography of Philip J. Davis
Wikimedia Edits:   Wikipedia.   Wikiquotes.   Wikisource.
NYU 2031 Plan and other NYU Scandals