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  • Remarkable Trajectory Lecture: Paul S. Rosenbloom (USC) - From Designing Minds to Mapping Disciplines

    Tue, Apr 12, 2022 @ 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

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    Speaker: Paul S. Rosenbloom, University of Southern California

    Talk Title: From Designing Minds to Mapping Disciplines

    Series: Remarkable Trajectory Lecture Series

    Abstract: Designing minds involves understanding the fixed mechanisms that combine to yield a mind as a basis for building both integrated models of human cognition and general AI systems. My trajectory here began in the mid-to-late 1970s with rule-based systems, and evolved through a sequence of more elaborate cognitive architectures -“ Xaps, Soar, and Sigma. It has also included recent efforts to understand minds more abstractly, in terms of a Common Model of Cognition and dichotomic maps of architectural mechanisms. Mapping disciplines involves understanding their essences and systematically structuring their compositions. My trajectory here began with a relational map of computing as a great scientific domain and continued with recent work on dichotomic maps of the technologies underlying AI and cognitive science. Following a dab of personal background, I will overview these two trajectories, and then wrap up with a bit of speculation on their affinity and a sampling of maxims extracted from my career as a whole.

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    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.

    Biography: Paul S. Rosenbloom recently retired as a Professor of Computer Science in the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California and Director for Cognitive Architecture Research at the Institute for Creative Technologies. He also was a member of USC's Information Sciences Institute for two decades, ending as its deputy director, and earlier was faculty at Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University (with a joint appointment in Computer Science and Psychology). His research has focused on cognitive architectures (models of the fixed structures and processes that together yield a mind), the Common Model of Cognition (a partial consensus about the structure of a human-like mind), dichotomic maps (structuring the space of technologies underlying AI and cognitive science), and the relational model of computing as a great scientific domain (akin to the physical, life and social sciences). He is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the Cognitive Science Society; and with John E. Laird was awarded the Herbert A. Simon Prize for Advances in Cognitive Systems. He has served as Councilor and Conference Chair for AAAI; Chair of ACM SIGART (now SIGAI); Chair of the Viterbi Engineering Faculty Council; and President of the USC Faculty.

    Host: USC Viterbi School of Engineering Department of Computer Science

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__4hJussyRBus_HIFLcgigQ

    Location: Online - Zoom Webinar

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__4hJussyRBus_HIFLcgigQ

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Computer Science Department


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