2018 Innovator Under 35: Brenden Lake

Brenden Lake, New York University

Getting machines to learn in the fast and flexible ways that humans can

Brenden Lake, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Data Science, New York University

Brenden M. Lake is an assistant professor of psychology and data science at New York University. His research focuses on computational problems that are easier for people than they are for machines, such as learning new concepts, creating new concepts, learning to learn, and asking questions. He received his MS and BS in symbolic systems from Stanford University in 2009 and his PhD in cognitive science from MIT in 2014. He was a postdoctoral data science fellow at NYU from 2014 to 2017. Brenden is a recipient of the Robert J. Glushko Prize for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Cognitive Science. His research was selected by Scientific American as one of the most important advances of 2016.


Innovators Under 35
individuals whose superb technical work promises to shape the coming decades through the development of new technology or the creative application of existing technologies to solve problems.