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J.P. de Ruiter

Professor
Computer Science
Bridge Professor in Cognitive Sciences
Professor, Psychology

Jan P. De Ruiter

J.P. de Ruiter

Professor
Computer Science
Bridge Professor in Cognitive Sciences
Professor, Psychology

Phone 617-627-2531
Psychology Building
490 Boston Avenue, Medford, MA
Research: 
human communication, social robotics, gesture, turn-taking, ethnostatistics
Biography: 

J.P. de Ruiter is a cognitive scientist and psycholinguist whose primary research focus is on the cognitive foundations of human communication. At Tufts, he is a bridge professor with joint appointments in the Departments of Computer Science and Psychology. Previously, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Social Psychology at the University of Cologne, and later as a senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen. From 2009 to 2016, de Ruiter was Chair of Psycholinguistics at Bielefeld University, Germany, where he founded the Natural Communication HD Lab.

Education: 
Ph.D., Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, 1998
Drs., Cognitive Science, Radboud University Nijmegen, 1992
Professional Experience: 
2016-present:

Bridge Professor in Cognitive Sciences, Departments of Computer Science and Psychology, Tufts University

2009-2016:

Chair for Psycholinguistics, Bielefeld University

2002-2009:

Senior Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

Research Interests: 

J.P. de Ruiter aims to improve our understanding about how humans and artificial agents can use language, gesture, and other multimodal and nonverbal signals to effectively communicate with each other. His research focuses on the computational processes involved in conversational turn-taking, speech accompanying gesture, and intention recognition in communication. His research interests include philosophy of science, artificial intelligence, and ethnostatistics. De Ruiter has also initiated and/or been involved in several projects in social robotics, working on the encoding and decoding of social signals and communicative intentions in embodied artificial systems.