Dr Anne Hsu

Lecturer (Assistant Professor)
Risk and Information Management Group
School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
Queen Mary University of London

E-mail: anne.hsu at qmul.ac.uk

Research interests

My work combines computer science and psychology. My research includes machine learning, human decision making, behaviour economics, human computer interaction, motivation, engagement and gamification. I use machine learning methods to understand human behaviour in complex environments. I am interested in developing interactive systems that leverage data along with human psychology to enhance engagement with technology and improve human behaviour. My doctoral and postdoctoral research was in neuroscience. My PhD was awarded from the Department of Physics at UC Berkeley.

Peer Reviewed Publications

Griffiths, TL, Abbott, JT, and Hsu, A, (in press) Exploring human cognition using large image databases, Topics in Cognitive Science

Hsu, A, Horng, A, Griffiths, G, Chater, N, (2016) When absence of evidence is evidence of absence: Rational inferences from absent data, Cognitive Science

Harris, A, Hsu, A, Madsen, J, Hahn, U., (2015) The Appeal to Expert Opinion: Quantitative support for a Bayesian Network Approach Cognitive Science

Hsu A, Vlaev, I, (2014) Monetary cost for time spent in everyday physical activities. Social Science and Medicine (pdf)

Hsu A, Blandford, A, (2014) Designing for Psychological Change: Individuals' Reward and Cost Valuations in Weight Management. Journal of Medical Internet Research (pdf)

Hsu A, Yang, J., Yilmaz, Y., Haque, Md., Cengiz, C., Blandford, A, (2014) Persuasive technology for overcoming food cravings and improving snack choices, Proceedings of CHI (pdf)

Fenton, N. E., Neil, M., & Hsu, A. (2013). "Calculating and understanding the value of any type of match evidence when there are potential testing errors". Artificial Intelligence and Law (pdf)

Fenton, N, Berger, D, Lagnado, D, Neil, M, Hsu, A. (2013) When 'neutral' evidence still has probative value (with implications from the Barry George Case) Science and Justice (pdf)

Jabbar, Y., Majed, A., Hsu, A., Fairhurst, P., Vlaev, I., Reilly, P., & Emery, R. J. (2013). Decision making in proximal humeral fractures. Shoulder & Elbow,5(2), 78-83

Hsu A, Chater N, Vitányi P, (2013) Language learning from positive evidence, reconsidered: A simplicity-based approach Topics in Cognitive Science 5(1), 35-55(pdf)

Harris A, Hsu A, M Koedsen J (2012) Because Hitler did it! Quantitative tests of Bayesian argumentation using Ad Hominem. Thinking and Reasoning 18(3), 311-343 (pdf)

Hsu A, Chater N, Vitányi P, (2011) The probabilistic analysis of language acquisition: Theoretical, computational, and experimental analysis. Cognition 120, 380-390. (pdf)

Hsu A., Griffiths, T. L., (2010) Effects of generative and discriminative learning on use of category variability. Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pdf)

Hsu A., Chater N., (2010) Probabilistic language acquisition: Theoretical, Computational and Experimental analysis. Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pdf)

Hsu A, Griffiths, TL, Schreiber, E., (2010) Subjective randomness and natural scene statistics. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 17, 624-629. (pdf)

Hsu A, Chater N, (2010) The logical problem of language acquisition goes probabilistic: No negative evidence as a window on language acquisition. Cognitive Science, 34:972-1016. (pdf)

Chamorro-Premuzic T, Burke C, Hsu A, Swami V. (2010) Personality predictors of artistic preferences as a function of the emotional valence and perceived complexity of paintings. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, 4, 196-204.

Hsu A, Griffiths T, (2009) Differential Use of Implicit Negative Evidence in Generative and Discriminative Language Learning. Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 22 (pdf)

Chamorro-Premuzic T, Reimers S, Hsu A, Ahmetoglu G. (2008) Who Art Thou? Personality predictors of artistic preferences in a large UK sample: the importance of Openness. British Journal of Psychology, 100:501-516. (pdf)

Schwartz O, Hsu A, Dayan P (2007) Space and time in visual context. Nature Reviews Neuroscience. 8: 522-535. (pdf)

Hsu A, Dayan P (2007) An unsupervised learning model of neural plasticity: Orientation-selectivity in goggle-reared kittens. Vision Research 47(22): 2868-2877. (pdf)

Woolley, S., Fremouw T., Hsu, A. and Theunissen FE (2005) Tuning for Spectro-temporal Modulations: a Mechanism for Auditory Discrimination of Natural Sounds. Nature Neuroscience 8(10): 1371-9. (pdf)

Hsu A, Woolley SMN, Fremouw T, Theunissen FE (2004) Modulation power and phase spectrum of natural sounds enhance neural encoding performed by single auditory neurons. J. Neurosci 24: 9201-9211. (pdf)

Hsu A, Borst A, Theunissen FE (2004) Quantifying variability in neural responses and its application for the validation of model predictions. Network: Comp Neural Syst 15: 91 - 109. (pdf)

Theunissen FE, Woolley SM, Hsu A and Fremouw T (2004). Methods for the analysis of auditory processing in the brain. In Behavioral Neurobiology of Birdsong. P. Zeigler P. and Marler P Eds. Ann NY Acad Sci. 1016: 187-207.

Theunissen FE, David SV, Singh NC, Hsu A, Vinje W, Gallant JL (2001) Estimating spatio-temporal receptive fields of auditory and visual neurons from their responses to natural stimuli. Network: Comp Neural Syst 12:1-28. (pdf)

Book Chapters

Chamorro-Premuzic, Kallias, & Hsu (in press) Personality as Predictor of Movie Uses and Preferences: A Psychographic Approach. The Social Science of Cinema. Kaufman, J., & Simonton, D.K. Eds.

Theunissen FE, Woolley SM, Hsu A and Fremouw T (2004). Methods for the analysis of auditory processing in the brain. In Behavioral Neurobiology of Birdsong. P. Zeigler P. and Marler P Eds. Ann NY Acad Sci. 1016: 187-207.


2011: Discriminative vs. generative machine and human learning, PASCAL pump priming, PI, (£45,000)

2009-2010: When something is missing: can absence of evidence be evidence of absence?, ESRC Reference: RES-000-22-3275, PI, (£99,573)

2008-2009: The learnability of linguistic irregularities: A simplicity-based approach, ESRC ESRC Reference: RES-000-22-2768, co-PI rapporteurs report grade: Outstanding, top grade (£99,959)

2007: Wellcome Trust Value in People Award, (£15,364)