Desmond Ong

Desmond C. Ong, Ph.D.
Research Scientist,
Institute for High Performance Computing (IHPC),
Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore

Email: desmond (dot) ong (at) stanford (dot) edu
Github Github: desmond-ong

I am currently a Research Scientist at the Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC), a Research Institute under the Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A*STAR), Singapore. I am also affiliated with the A*STAR Programme on Human-Centric AI.

I earned my Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford, where I worked primarily with Noah Goodman (Computation and Cognition Lab) and Jamil Zaki (Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab). I also earned a Master's degree in Computer Science from Stanford. You can find a recent CV here: [pdf]

Broadly, my interests fall into the field of Computational Affective Cognition. I'm interested in how we reason about emotions, both our own and those of other people (cognition about affect). In my work, I seek to understand affective cognition by building formal computational models of how these affective cognitive processes occur.

I'm also interested in social cognition and theory of mind; prosociality; artificial intelligence, game theory, and behavioral economics.