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My purpose is to transform education on a global scale. My name is Henry George Wolf VII and this is my website and blog, Chaotic Neural. The blog is about education, technology, entrepreneurship, artificial intelligence, neurobiology, language, and whatever else I feel like writing about.

I am currently a PhD candidate, an NSF IGERT fellow, and the founder of the Deep Learning Research Group at the University of Connecticut. Prior to pursuing a PhD, I lived and worked in Asia (Akita, Seoul, and Tokyo) for several years teaching English. I earned a masters degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Teachers College Columbia University in Japan and a bachelors degree in International Business and Marketing from the University of Dayton.

My dissertation research involves using image recognition techniques (convolutional neural networks) in computational models of reading, so that the models can account for different languages and bilingualism. My interest is in understanding which aspects of a first language affect how easy or difficult it is to learn a second language. Another ongoing research project, funded by the NIH, involves running multiple connectionist (machine learning) simulations of individual differences among readers with dyslexia. The hope is that the models will help in understanding which educational interventions will best benefit each individual learner.

My research and professional interests include:

  1. human and machine learning
  2. technologies for personalized education
  3. bilingualism and second language acquisition
  4. social and philosophical implications of machine intelligence

In addition to the above, I speak Japanese and Mandarin. I also enjoy mountain climbing and the occasional game of football (soccer). Some of my mountaineering exploits can be found on another blog, Peak Wolf. It would make me really happy if you followed me on Twitter and/or GitHub.