Multi-Representational Architectures for Human-Level Intelligence at AAAI Fall Symposium

November 5, 2009 | Weston Arlington Gateway, Arlington, VA

Speaker: Paul Rosenbloom
Host: Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence

A multiplicity of representational frameworks has been proposed for explaining and creating human-level intelligence. Each has been proven useful or effective for some class of problems, but not across the board. This fact has led researchers to propose that perhaps the underlying design of cognition is multi-representational, or hybrid, and made up of subsystems with different representations and processes interacting to produce the complexity of cognition. Recent work in cognitive architectures has explored the design and use of such systems in high-level cognition. The main aim of this symposium is to bring together researchers who work on systems utilizing different types of representations to explore a range of questions about the theoretical framework and applications of such systems.

The symposium will be a mixture of invited talks, refereed full and position papers, expert panels and discussion sessions. The first session on each day will feature invited talks from experts in the field. The second and fourth sessions on Thursday and Friday (and the second session on Saturday) will be devoted to paper presentations. The exact length of time reserved for each presentation will be determined according to the number of number of papers accepted and will include time for answering questions. Time will also be reserved at the end of each paper session for an expert panel formed from the presenters of that session. More general questions that focus on areas common to the presentations or those that compare and contrast the various approaches discussed in that session will be the focus of these discussions. The third session on Thursday and Friday will be devoted to discussion groups. There will be between four and six groups devoted to various theoretical and application-oriented topics. Symposium participants will be able to select their group of choice. The end of these discussion sessions will include a 20-30 minute meeting where various groups will present their summary of the individual discussions.