NC State University

Department of Computer Science Colloquia 2003-2004

A telecast to Duke U. and UNC as part of
Triangle Computer Science Distinguished Lecturer Series

Date:   Monday, April 26, 2004
Time:   4:00 PM (Talk), 3:00 PM (reception in Parks Shop Lounge)
Place:   Room 107H, Parks Shop, NCSU Historical Campus (click for courtesy parking request)

Speaker:   John Laird , Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, University of Michigan

Toward Human-level AI

Abstract:   Although the creation of integrated, human-level AI has not been a major goal of the field during the last 20 years, some progress is being made. In this talk I will give an overview of extensions we have added to the Soar architecture that give it significant new capabilities: episodic memory, reinforcement learning, and models of emotions and feelings. Episodic memory has largely been ignored by AI and cognitive science, but plays a key role in our ability to remember prior events. Reinforcement learning has been extensively studied in Machine Learning, but not within the context of large knowledge base systems with complex state structures.

Our research on emotions and feelings explores how affective reasoning intermixes with symbolic cognitive reasoning. I will review the design of Soar, and describe how these new capabilities are integrated with it, as well as present preliminary results of using these capabilities on simple tasks.

Short Bio:   For details, please see the speaker home page.

Host:   Michael Young, Computer Science, NCSU

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