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Faculty Recruiting Committee
Department of Computer Science
Cornell University
4130 Upson Hall
Ithaca, NY 1485-7501


To Whom It May Concern

My name is David Noelle. I am currently a Ph.D. candidate working with Gary Cottrell in the interdisciplinary Computer Science/Cognitive Science program at the University of California, San Diego. Since I expect to complete my dissertation by June of 1997, I am now in the process of searching for a faculty position to fill once I graduate. I am writing to you so that I might be considered for any open tenure track assistant professor positions in your department, specifically that advertised under .

The Ph.D. program which I am completing is quite unique. It is jointly administered by the Department of Computer Science & Engineering and the Department of Cognitive Science. The program has required me to fulfill all of the normal requirements for a Ph.D. in Computer Science and, in addition, it has required several years of work focusing on cognitive psychology and neuroscience. As a result, I have acquired a broad foundation in all of the core areas of computer science, and I have received specialized training in the computational modeling of psychological phenomena. The interdisciplinary nature of this program has profoundly impacted my thesis work. My dissertation committee includes faculty in computer science, psychology, linguistics, philosophy, and cognitive science.

My thesis work is entitled A Connectionist Model Of Instructed Learning. It focuses on a computational model of advice taking. I have formulated an artificial neural network approach to the understanding of how knowledge gained rapidly from direct instruction interacts with that gained over time from experience with the world. In addition to offering a useful technique for the engineering of adaptive systems, my model also explains a number of interference effects which have been previously reported in the psychological literature.

My research interests are broad, spanning from machine learning to computational neuroscience, from user interface design to the psychology of concept formation. I am particularly interested in machine learning problems involving the integration of multiple learning strategies, investigations into implicit and explicit learning, and modeling the biological basis of human memory.

I am very interested in collaborative projects with both computer scientists and cognitive scientists. I would enjoy applying machine learning techniques to computer system problems involving such issues as resource allocation and scheduling, intelligent interfaces, information retrieval, database mining, and adaptive user modeling. Continuing with the interdisciplinary nature of my thesis research, I would also like to interact with neuroscientists, experimental psychologists, and other cognitive scientists. If an opportunity for a joint appointment with a psychology or cognitive science program should arise, I would not hesitate to pursue it.

I have acquired extensive teaching experience over the course of my graduate education. I have supported myself via teaching assistantships through much of this time, and I have also acted as the sole instructor for an upper division computer science course. I have received the Teaching Assistant Excellence Award from the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, and I have acted as that department's Senior Teaching Assistant for several years. I enjoy teaching, and I am looking forward to future opportunities to do so.

Enclosed please find application materials for any assistant professorships which are open in your department. I have included a copy of my curriculum vitae, a brief statement of my research interests, some comments on my teaching interests, and a few of my publications. If requested, letters of reference should arrive under separate cover. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or requests for further documentation. I may be reached at the address listed in the letterhead, above, via the Internet at noelle@ucsd.edu, or at (619)~272-7719.

Thanks very much for your consideration!


curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, statement of teaching interests, selected publications

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