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From Brains to Systems
Monday, 18 April 2011
The book From Brains to Systems (Hernández, Sanz, Gómez et al.) has been published.

An excerpt from the introduction:

"Science moves in little steps, but also makes its progress with revolutionary discov- eries and concepts that sweep away whole and entire edifices of thinking and replace them with new theories that explain more with less. However, there is a constant in this march, the strive for mathematisation and unification.

The extent to which reverse-engineering of brains will help with technological advance in the engineering of more robust autonomous systems is yet to be clear. Nevertheless, the different approaches offered in this book show a steady progress toward more rigorous methods of analysis and synthesis. This rigour implies that they may eventually converge into a single, unified theory of cognition: the very holy grail of cognitive science and engineering."

From Brains to Systems: Brain-Inspired Cognitive Systems 2010. ISBN 978-1-4614-0163-6. Springer New York, 2011. Series Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, Volume 718.

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 19 November 2011 )
 
Consciousness, Meaning and the Future Phenomenology
Sunday, 14 February 2010

Phenomenological states are generally considered sources of intrinsic motivation for autonomous biological agents. In this paper we will address the issue of exploiting these states for robust goal-directed systems. We will provide an analysis of consciousness in terms of a precise definition of how an agent “understands” the informational flows entering the agent. This model of consciousness and understanding is based in the analysis and evaluation of phenomenological states along potential trajectories in the phase space of the agents. This implies that a possible strategy to follow in order to build autonomous but useful systems is to embed them with the particular, ad-hoc phenomenology that captures the requirements that define the system usefulness from a requirements-strict engineering viewpoint.

Event: Machine Consciousness 2011
Link: MC 2011
A PDF version can be downloaded here.

Last Updated ( Friday, 08 April 2011 )
 
Robots with guns
Monday, 09 August 2004

Source: USA Today, April 14, 2006

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Talon with M-240 machine gun
Although the USA militars initially focused just on unmanned aircraft, e.g. the Predator, now new ground- and sea-based robots are being developed and tested not only for demining and convoy driving but also to carry ground-level weapons. As the new Talon robot carrying a M-240 machine gun (they claim just to be used remotely!).

Much larger and more ambitious robot weapons are in testing, including a tank-like, 1,600-pound vehicle called the Gladiator, which can fire a variety of guns, or can even "shout" instructions, such as those to calm a mob or request surrendering.

Scott Myers, president of General Dynamics Robotic Systems claims that a robot can find a human with its sensors and kill the person, but "we don't want to shoot our own people or children".

Obviously they plan to kill other's.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 18 November 2007 )
 
PhD Theses
Friday, 04 February 2011
For some people, journal articles in high impact index journals is the main research product from university research activity. I don't agree. I think that the most valuable result emerging from University research are the PhD theses. I think so because this is the best reading material when wanting to learn about some new area of knowledge. This article contains a list of the theses I've been involved with.

My own PhD Thesis

Una Arquitectura de Control Inteligente de Procesos PDF
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales
1990

Supervised PhD Theses

Manuel Rodríguez Hernández
Modelado de Sistemas Industriales Complejos
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales
1998

Angel de Antonio Bermejo
La Arquitectura de Control Inteligente ICA: Un Enfoque Basado en Componentes para Sistemas de Control
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales
1999

Miguel José Segarra Martínez
CORBA Control Systems
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales
2005

Ignacio López Paniagua
A Foundation For Perception In Autonomous Systems
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales
2007

Julita Bermejo Alonso
OASys: An Ontology for Autonomous Systems
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales
2010

Jaime Gómez Ramírez
A New Foundation for Cognitive and Brain Science: Category Theory and the Hippocampus
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales
2010

Other Supervised Theses

Many theses at the MS and PFC levels.
Last Updated ( Saturday, 04 February 2012 )
 
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