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Arturo's MThesis: Higgs reconfigures!
Written by Carlos Hernandez   
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Last September 16 Arturo Bajuelos succesfully defended his MS Thesis at UPM: Improving Robustness in Robotic Navigation by Using a Self-Reconfigurable Control System.

Arturo's work is the first result of the ASys technology for online reconfiguration in the robotic control testbed.

More details in the following links:

Dissertation
Presentation

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 September 2011 )
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ReteCog 2011 - The Architectures of Mind
Written by Ricardo Sanz   
Tuesday, 09 September 2008
ReteCog.net is a research network funded by the Spanish government to foster the cooperation between researchers in the multidiscplinary domains of the cognitive sciences. As part of their activities the network organises focused workshops around hot topics in cognitive science.

The ReteCog 2011 Workshop is a small-sized network workshop centered around the major topic of cognitive architecture. The ASLab team presents two contributions there:

  • The place of the Body in the Architecture of the Mind by Carlos Herrera.
  • Review of an Anathema: The Unified Theory of Cognition by Jaime Gómez.

More information can be found in the ReteCog 2011 Workshop Website.

Last Updated ( Monday, 11 July 2011 )
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Machine Consciousness 2011: Self, Integration and Explanation
Written by Ricardo Sanz   
Thursday, 17 March 2011
The workshop Machine Consciousness 2011: Self, Integration and Explanation is a symposium to be held in conjunction with the Conference on Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour 2011 (AISB 2011). This event will take place on April 4-7, 2011 at the University of York, UK.

From the conference website:

"Machine Consciousness (MC) concerns itself with the creation of artefacts which have, or model, mental characteristics typically associated with consciousness such as (self-) awareness, emotion, affect, phenomenal states, imagination, etc."

"Machine Consciousness 2011 will host contributions that are based on actual or potentially implemented models, either in the sense that they detail actual or potential artefacts or that they seriously engage with previous published work or models, either by critiquing or extending that work. We favour new work - even if preliminary - over work which has received multiple publication elsewhere."

For more information on MC2011, please consult the MC2011 Website.

ASLab people (RS,CH,GS) will participate with a half-engineering half-philosophy contribution titled: Consciousness, Meaning and the Future Phenomenology.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 May 2011 )
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Ten Design Rules for a Conscious System
Written by Ricardo Sanz   
Tuesday, 08 February 2011
The quest for the universal controller technology -a technology for building machine minds for any purpose- has advanced by small, both practical and theoretical steps but without a clear convergence into a unified view. However, recent developments in search of improvements in open-environment robustness have produced a reactivation of the quest for the very essence of the mental -from a systemic/cybernetic perspective. This talk will present an architecture-centric proposal for a fundamental control structure that fulfills a basic set of requirements for being an explanation of a functional mind (including associated concepts such as percepts, knowledge, thinking, action, etc.). This structure is grounded on systemic, embedded control systems concepts so as to be realizable in machines. This proposal goes from the elementary aspects of sensing and perception to the higher aspects of knowledge, meaning and consciousness. The proposed design rules will provide a basic stance for understanding access consciousness and self-consciousness and a catalog of design features needed for the engineering of a conscious system of technological and economical value.

Series: COGS Research Seminars
Place:University of Sussex
Date: 15 Feb 2011
Speaker: Ricardo Sanz

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 08 February 2011 )
 
Un doctor de "categorida"
Written by Carlos Hernandez   
Friday, 10 December 2010
Today, one of the longer-awaited thesis, not just at ASLab or the DISAM, but even Europe and almost world-wide, was finally defended by Jaime Gómez. The research seemed promising and intriguing in previous teasing with a series of short talks and seminars, and now, through a brilliant and passionate exposition by Jaime, it emerged as an outstanding foundation for an innovative research program in what is probably the scientific quest of the new millennium: the mind. Congratulations to the new doctor!

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The new doctor before being so.

Here goes a summary of his work in the words of the author himself: The thesis establishes correspondences between mathematical structures and brain structures. The virtue of such a correspondence is that it makes available the powerful tools of the latter for the deduction of hypotheses for structure and function in neuropsychology. Such an approach is relatively free from the vagaries of purely verbal reasoning and can offer novel insights into the intrinsic nature of cognitive phenomena. The thesis sets the agenda of category theory as the appropriate methodology that provides the necessary theoretical framework in order to understand the structure of complex systems, like the brain, in mathematical terms. Although category theory at first sight may seem too pure and universal, in contrast with the spurious biological realm, where the particular prevails over the universal; it may lead to a new and deeper insight into the structure and the representational power of the brain. In addition, it provides a theory of hippocampus structure and function based on category theory. In particular, it demonstrates that the co-operation of the grid fields may give rise to a ``colimit" which is a place field.

Last Updated ( Friday, 10 December 2010 )
 
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