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AIC Seminar Series

Toward Human-level AI: Adding Episodic Memory and Emotions to Soar

John LairdUniversity of Michigan[Home Page]

Date:  2005-01-27 at 10:00

Location:  EJ291  (Directions)

   Abstract

Although the creation of integrated, human-level AI was a founding goal of our field, it has not be vigorously pursued for the last 20 years. In this talk I will discuss two capabilities that appear to be central to human-level AI, but have been relatively ignored by the research community until recently: Episodic Memory and Emotions. Episodic memory plays a key role in our ability to remember and use our knowledge of prior events, but presents significant challenges when we attempt to create an efficient task-independent implementation. Emotion research has matured significantly in the last twenty years, although there are still limited computational models. I will present the most accepted model of emotions from the psychology literature appraisal theory) and discuss how it can be integrated with AI models of cognition. This work is inspired by Jonathon GratchÂ’s work at ICT/USC and has been extended by Bob Marinier at Michigan. I will describe how these new capabilities are integrated with Soar, as well as present preliminary results of using these capabilities on simple tasks.

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