Jonathan Mugan

I am a computer science researcher specializing in machine learning and AI. I completed a postdoc at Carnegie Mellon University, and I received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin.

Contact me at or on Twitter at @jmugan.

The Curiosity Cycle, A Book for Parents and Educators

The Curiosity Cycle: Preparing Your Child for the Ongoing Technological Explosion

The Curiosity Cycle helps you prepare your children to be lifelong learners. Technology is rapidly changing our world, and those with curiosity will have the opportunity to thrive.

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Happy Cyborg, A Web Application

Upload your personality to the cloud as a Twitter cyborg.

Happy Cyborg is a web application that learns your personality and acts as you would on Twitter. It starts conversations, follows people based on your interests, and filters tweets to find the ones that you would enjoy reading.

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Research, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

My research focuses on the goal of making the squishy reality of our everyday world available to computation.

My PhD thesis focused on the question of how a robot can acquire knowledge through autonomous exploration. As a postdoc at Carnegie Mellon University, I explored how computers can use both context and feedback to learn the privacy preferences of users of mobile devices. My current research is in data science.

Publications     Simulated Baby Robot

Image Processing, and Manipulation

Fun with tracking, optical flow, image manipulation, and ray tracing.

Thoughts, Writing

I write a blog on Kids, Technology, and Fallible Brains, and I talk and write in various places.