Paul S. Rosenbloom of USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies and Viterbi School of Engineering has won the 2018 Herbert A. Simon Prize for Advances in Cognitive Systems, for the development of the Soar cognitive architecture, including its application to knowledge-based systems and models of human cognition. Additionally, Rosenbloom has been recognized for his contributions to theories of representation, reasoning, problem solving, and learning.
The Herbert A. Simon Prize for Advances in Cognitive Systems recognizes scientists who have made important and sustained contributions to understanding human and machine intelligence through the design, creation, and study of computational artifacts that exhibit high-level cognition.
Rosenbloom works with John E. Laird and the research community to develop a Common Model of Cognition (aka a Standard Model of the Mind), which instead of providing one detailed hypothesis concerning the structure of a human-like mind, is attempting to capture the best current consensus concerning what should be in such a model. His research addresses multiple facets of high-level cognition and he has been a strong advocate of the cognitive systems movement.
Herbert A. Simon’s abiding concern with high-level cognition in humans and machines drives the initiative in celebrating groundbreaking ideas about high-level processing and their potential for understanding the mind. The annual award is sponsored by the Cognitive Systems Foundation, which contributes a cash prize of $10,000, and is co-sponsored by the Herbert Simon Society.