CMUSV Researcher Chairs Conference on Cognitive Systems-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

CMUSV Researcher Chairs Conference on Cognitive Systems

Dr. Langley presents research on the role of cognitive psychology in the origins of AI.
Dr. Langley presents research on the role of cognitive psychology in the origins of AI.

Dr. Patrick Langley, a Distinguished Scientist at Carnegie Mellon University’s Silicon Valley campus, recently chaired the First Annual Conference on Advances in Cognitive Systems. The meeting, which was held from December 6-8 at the Oshman Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto, California, brought together researchers interested in the original goals of artificial intelligence.

The conference included over twenty technical talks and ten poster presentations aimed at explaining human cognition in computational terms and reproducing the entire range of the mind’s abilities in mechanical artifacts. Presentations covered topics as varied as language processing, physical reasoning, event understanding, plan generation and execution, emotion, and learning. Overarching themes among the topics were a systems perspective on research, a concern with high-level cognition, an emphasis on rich representation and demonstrations of new functionality.

“The central goal of the cognitive systems movement, like that of AI’s founders, is to understand the nature of the mind,” said Dr. Langley. “This objective is as important as similar ones about the nature of the universe, the nature of matter and the nature of life.”

Dr. Langley gave a talk entitled, “Intelligent Behavior in Humans and Machines,” which reviewed the role of cognitive psychology in the origins of artificial intelligence. In addition, Dr. Ole Mengshoel, a Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley Associate Research Professor, served as a discussant for two of the presentations.

The conference website provides more information about the meeting, as does the editorial. Dr. Langley's essay on "The Cognitive Systems Paradigm" presents his views on the new movement.