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Paul S. Rosenbloom

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Professor of Computer Science


  • 1983, PhD, Computer Science, Carnegie-Mellon University
  • 1978, Masters, Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
  • 1976, Bachelors, Mathematical Sciences, Stanford Univ


Paul S. Rosenbloom is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southern California (USC) and a Project Leader at USC's Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT). He received a B.S. degree from Stanford University in mathematical sciences in 1976 (with distinction) and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in 1978 and 1983, respectively. Prof. Rosenbloom spent twenty years at USC Information Sciences Institute (ISI), for much of the last decade directing new directions activities, and wrapping up as ISI's Deputy Director in 2007. He earlier spent a year as a research computer scientist at CMU and three years as an assistant professor of computer science and psychology at Stanford. He has served as Chair of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence (SIGART) and as a Councilor of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). Prof. Rosenbloom was a co-developer of the Soar cognitive architecture, and co-PI of the interdisciplinary, multi-university Soar Project from 1983 until 1998. He was elected a Fellow of the AAAI in 1994.

Research Summary

Exploring a new form of broad spectrum, tightly integrated and functionally elegant cognitive architecture based on graphical models and piecewise continuous functions in support of virtual humans and intelligent agents/robots. Work to date has focused on memory and learning; decision making, problem solving and reflection; and perception, localization and mental imagery.

Reflecting on the nature and structure of computing. The recently completed book On Computing: The Fourth Great Scientific Domain, which is expected out from MIT Press this Fall (2012), proposes the computing sciences to be on a par with the physical life and social sciences, while introducing a relational approach to understanding computing and its connections with these other domains.


  • 1972 National Merit scholarship
  • 1976 NSF graduate fellowship
  • 1976 Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1981 IBM fellowship
  • 1984 Fourth National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-84) Nominated for publisher’s prize
  • 1991 Ninth National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-91) Award for best written paper
  • 1993 The American Voice Input/Output Society Gary K. Poock Editor's Award for the Outstanding Paper in the AVIOS Journal
  • 1994 Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Fellow
  • 2006 Tutorials in Quantitative Methods for Psychology Other Awards
  • 2006 Special issue, Tutorials in Quantitative Methods for Psychology, celebrating 25th anniversary of article on Mechanisms of Skill Acquisition and the Law of Practice
  • 2010 Who’s Who in America
  • 2011 Who’s Who in Science and Engineering
  • 2011 Who’s Who in the World, 2011
  • 2011 Fourth Conference on Artificial General Intelligence Kurzweil Award for Best AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) Idea, 2011
  • 2012 Fifth Conference on Artificial General Intelligence Kurzweil Award for Best AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) Paper, 2012
  • Computer Science
  • Information Sciences Institute

  • SAL 238
  • Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center
  • 941 Bloom Walk, Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 781

  • (213) 740-4780

  • rosenbloom@usc.edu

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