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Simon Kornblith : Curriculum Vitae


 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2010-2017)

Ph.D., Brain and Cognitive Sciences

California Institute of Technology (2006-2010)

B.S. with Honors, Engineering and Applied Science (Computation and Neural Systems) and History and Philosophy of Science

Professional Experience

July 2018 – Present

Research Scientist, Google Brain

July 2017 – July 2018

Google Brain Resident

Mar. 2011 – June 2017

Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT (Supervisor: Earl K. Miller)

Sept. 2009 – Jan. 2011

Research Assistant, Division of Biology, Caltech (Supervisor: Doris Tsao)

June 2007 – Sept. 2009

Undergraduate Research Assistant, Division of Biology, Caltech (Supervisor: Christof Koch)

June 2005 – Feb. 2017

Senior Developer, Zotero, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University

Peer-Reviewed Publications

(For an up-to-date list including unpublished preprints, see my Google Scholar page.)

Chen, T., Kornblith, S., Norouzi, M., and Hinton, G. (2020). A simple framework for contrastive learning of visual representations. International Conference on Machine Learning.

Elsayed, G. F., Ramachandran, P., Shlens, J., and Kornblith, S. (2020). Revisiting Spatial Invariance with Low-Rank Local Connectivity. International Conference on Machine Learning.

Elsayed, G., Kornblith, S., and Le, Q. V. (2019). Saccader: Improving accuracy of hard attention models for visionNeural Information Processing Systems.

Müller, R., Kornblith, S., and Hinton, G. (2019). When does label smoothing help? Neural Information Processing Systems (Spotlight).

Kornblith, S., Norouzi, M., Lee, H., and Hinton, G. (2019). Similarity of neural network representations revisited. International Conference on Machine Learning. [code] (An abridged version of this paper won the Best Research Paper Award at the ICLR DebugML workshop.)

Kornblith, S., Shlens, J., and Le, Q. V. (2019). Do better ImageNet models transfer better? IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (Oral).

Bastos, A. M., Loonis, R., Kornblith, S., Lundqvist, M., and Miller, E. K. (2018). Laminar recordings in frontal cortex suggest distinct layers for maintenance and control of working memoryProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, in press. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1710323115 

Kornblith, S. and Tsao, D. Y. (2017). How thoughts arise from sights: inferotemporal and prefrontal contributions to visionCurrent Opinion in Neurobiology, 46, 208-218. doi:10.1016/j.conb.2017.08.016

Kornblith, S., Quiroga, R. Q., Koch, C., Fried, I., and Mormann, F. (2017). Persistent single neuron activity during working memory in the human medial temporal lobeCurrent Biology, 27, 1026–1032. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2017.02.013 [code and data]

Mormann, F.*, Kornblith, S.*, Cerf, M., Ison, M. J., Kraskov, A., Tran, M., Knieling, S., Quiroga, R. Q., Koch, C., and Fried, I. (2017). Scene-selective coding by single neurons in the human parahippocampal cortex. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114, 1153-1158. doi:10.1073/pnas.1608159113 (* = co-first author)

Kornblith, S., Buschman, T. J., and Miller, E. K. (2015). Stimulus load and oscillatory activity in higher cortex. Cerebral Cortex, 26, 3772-3784. doi:10.1093/cercor/bhv182

Mulliken, G. H., Bichot, N. P., Ghadooshahy, A., Sharma, J., Kornblith, S., Philcock, M., and Desimone, R. (2015). Custom-fit radiolucent cranial implants for neurophysiological recording and stimulation. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 241, 146–154. doi:10.1016/j.jneumeth.2014.12.011

Kornblith, S., Cheng, X., Ohayon, S., and Tsao, D. (2013). A network for scene processing in the macaque temporal lobe. Neuron, 79, 766-781. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2013.06.015

Mormann, F., Dubois, J., Kornblith, S., Milosavljevic, M., Cerf, M., Ison, M., Tsuchiya, N., Kraskov, A., Quiroga, R. Q., Adolphs, R., Fried, I., and Koch, C. (2011). A category-specific response to animals in the right human amygdala. Nature Neuroscience, 14, 1247-1249. doi:10.1038/nn.2899

Mormann, F., Kornblith, S., Quiroga, R. Q., Kraskov, A., Cerf, M., Fried, I., and Koch, C. (2008). Latency and selectivity of single neurons indicate hierarchical processing in the human medial temporal lobe. Journal of Neuroscience, 28, 8865-8872. doi:10.1523/jneurosci.1640-08.2008

Awards and Honors

  • Walle Nauta Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching (2013)
  • Swartz Travel Award, Single Neuron Studies of the Human Brain (2011)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2010)
  • MIT Norman B. Leventhal Presidential Fellow (2010)
  • Caltech Upper Class Merit Award (2009)
  • Caltech Carnation Scholarship (2008)
  • Presidential Scholar Candidate (2006)



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