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Intelligent Systems Division Personnel and Colleagues Participate in First Annual Conference on Advances in Cognitive Systems
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Intelligent Systems Division Personnel and Colleagues Participate in First Annual Conference on Advances in Cognitive Systems

The First Annual Conference on Advances in Cognitive Systems was held in Palo Alto, Dec. 6-8, 2012. Dr. David E. Smith (TI/ASR) presented an invited talk on Progressive Planning. Dr. Kanna Rajan (formerly ARC/TI, currently MBARI) presented a paper entitled, “Towards Distributed Decision-Making in Distributed Agents.” Dr. Patrick W. Langley (formerly ARC/TI, currently CMUSV) chaired the conference. Dr. Ole Mengshoel (CMUSV) was a session chair and discussant. Other distinguished presenters included John Laird, Kenneth Forbus, Paul Bello, Michael Zyda, Jeffrey Siskind, Daniel Bobrow, Ashok Goel, Ron Kaplan, Nicholas Cassimatis, Johan de Kleer, Ken Koedinger, Michael Cox, and Susan Epstein. Presentations and discussions focused on leading-edge R&D topics such as human and machine learning, natural language processing, planning and scheduling, and intelligent robotics. Spirited exchanges were heard on the question of whether or not recent commercial systems like Siri and Watson amount to significant advances in Artificial Intelligence.

For more information about the conference, including links to presentations and papers, can be found on the conference website.

BACKGROUND: Continuing a highly successful session at the 2011 Fall Symposium on the same topic, this meeting brought together researchers with interests in human-level intelligence, complex cognition, integrated intelligent systems, cognitive architectures, and related topics. The purpose was to provide a venue for research on the basic goals of artificial intelligence and cognitive science, which aim to explain the mind in computational terms and to reproduce the entire range of human cognitive abilities in computational systems. This meeting provided a place to present recent results and pose new challenges for the field.

The conference is intended to continue on an annual basis, and will welcome original work on any topic related to the representation or organization of complex mental structures, multi-step reasoning, and learning from experience or instruction. Some functional capabilities that arise in this context include: conceptual inference and reasoning, memory storage and retrieval, language processing, social cognition and interaction, high-level execution and control, problem solving and heuristic search, cognitive aspects of emotion and personality, metacognition and meta-level reasoning, and structural learning and knowledge capture. These topics are fundamental to leading-edge work on cognitive architectures, cognitive robotics, commonsense reasoning, data sciences, and modeling and simulation.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: This conference was not NASA-sponsored. The participation of three NASA personnel (Michael Shafto, Michael Sims, and David E. Smith) was funded by Ames Research Center and the NASA Aviation Safety Program.

TEAM: Michael G. Shafto, Michael H. Sims, David E. Smith (NASA Ames); Patrick W. Langley, Ole Megshoel (CMU-SV); and numerous participants identified at the conference URL above.

Contact: Mike Shafto

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