Cognitive architectures: What they are and future problems and perspectives

When: Back to Calendar February 27, 2013 @ 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
Where: 108 WVG


In this tutorial talk I will describe cognitive architectures as a computational way to provide a unified theory of cognition. I will note several prominent architectures, using them to emphasize what is currently common between them and provide some examples from work we’ve done with Soar, ACT-R, and CoJACK.  I’ll conclude by noting some successes (producing behavior in simulations, suggesting design changes to airports and phones, and steps towards Dunbar’s number), and some open problems (ease of use, emotions, interaction, mindfulness, social).

Frank Ritter is a professor of IST, of computer science, and ofpsychology at Penn State.  He is interested in cognitivearchitectures, how to apply them, build them, analyse them.  He hasused them to test interfaces and to test how networks growdifferently if network members have limited memory.  With colleaguesat St. Andrews and at EBay is writing a textbook on HCI that issecretly a modeling book, to create a model of users in designer’sheads.

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