AI Seminar

Applications of AI systems that think the way people think

Mike Van Lent

Chief Scientist
Soar Technology, Inc.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Stained-Glass Conference Room (3725 Beyster Bldg.)

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About the Event

Interesting discoveries and inventions often occur when researchers explore the boundaries between two fields. Starting in the late 1960s, Allen Newell and Herbert Simon began exploring just such a boundary between the fields of artificial intelligence and cognitive psychology. This exploration led to a proposed Unified Theory of Cognition which was subsequently implemented in the Soar cognitive architecture. Models built with the Soar architecture not only exhibit intelligent behavior, but we claim the internal processing of these models corresponds to the internal processing of human cognition. Viewed at the appropriate level of abstraction, Soar models think the way people think. Soar Technology, founded in 1998, is a small business that is exploring innovative applications of Soar and other AI approaches that correspond to human cognition. We believe that AI system that think the way people think have a number of advantages including the ability to anticipate human behavior, simulate humans in training scenarios, cooperate and interact with humans more naturally, and cope with complicated decisions in complex domains. This talk will focus on these innovative applications of AI systems that think the way people think.

Additional Information

Contact: Jonathan Sorg

Email: jdsorg@umich.edu

Sponsor(s): Toyota AI Seminar Series

Open to: Public