AAAI Workshop on AI and Consciousness
Wednesday, 14 November 2007

The AAAI Workshop on Consciousness and Artificial Intelligence: Theoretical foundations and current approaches took place at Washington DC on 8-11 November 2007.

We presented there the paper titled Self-awareness in Real-time Cognitive Control Architectures that was very well received.

In this paper we describe the approach taken in the UPM Autonomous Systems Laboratory for the development of technology of full, bounded autonomy. This effort is taking us into the study of the phenomenology of consciousness especially in relation with the construction of mechanisms for system self-awareness. The progress of this work can be tracked in our ASys and SOUL projects webpages. The ASys Project is a long-term project that deals with the development of an engineering process and a collection of assets for the implementation of autonomous systems . The SOUL Project develops a generic architecture for self- aware autonomous systems.

Get more info at the workshop website.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 14 November 2007 )
Artificial Consciousness
Sunday, 07 May 2006
Antonio Chella and Riccardo Manzotti

Inprint Academic
250 pages
ISBN 1845400704

This book is the final product of a symposium held in Sicily in 2005. An interdisciplinary work, focused on the topic of artificial consciousness: from neuroscience to artificial intelligence, from bioengineering to robotics.

Our contribution to the book is a chapter titled A Rationale and Vision for Machine Consciousness in Complex Controllers that is co-authored by Ricardo Sanz, Ignacio López and Julita Bermejo-Alonso (two of my PhD Students). Get a preprint of this chapter here (PDF, 1.24 MB).


It provides an overview on the current state of the art of research in the field of artificial consciousness and includes extended and revised versions of the papers presented at the International Workshop on ‘Artificial Consciousness’, held in November 2005 at Agrigento (Italy).


Vincenzo Tagliasco, John G. Taylor, Tom Ziemke, Igor Aleksander, Helen Morton, Andrea Lavazza, Salvatore Gaglio, Maurizio Cardaci, Antonella D’Amico, Barbara Caci, Antonio Chella, Ricardo Sanz, Owen Holland, Riccardo Manzotti, Domenico Parisi, Alberto Faro, Daniela Giordano, Piero Morasso, Peter Farleigh

Last Updated ( Monday, 30 July 2007 )
Saturday, 17 June 2006

IEC 61850 Specific Communication Service Mapping - Mapping to CORBA

Ricardo Sanz

The main content of this document is a mapping from the draft standard IEC 61850 abstract specification of communication service to a concrete communication infrastructure based on CORBA specifications.

This mapping was submitted to the IEC Technical Committee in charge of the specification of other mappings (TC57) accompanied by the General Model Definition proposed in the IST DOTS project.

This mapping of IEC 61850 ACSI to CORBA defines how the concepts, objects and services of ACSI can be implemented using CORBA distributed objects technology, allowing interoperability among substation functions and devices of different manufacturers.

This document can serve as a basic guideline to provide a real implementation of IEC 61850 models over real platforms, using CORBA technology as support for distribution. The Abstract Communication Service Interface (ACSI) specified by IEC 61850 needs to be mapped to a real (not abstract) Specific Communication Service to be usable by application developers. This document provides an ACSI mapping to OMG's CORBA. This means mainly that the communication services used to make a distributed SAS application willl be those provided by CORBA.

It should be noted however that CORBA is not a communication service but a middleware service, providing other types of functionality and methodology that go beyond those of pure communication services (for example automatic generation of skeletons and proxies, interface repositories, server object management, etc).

Get the file.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 April 2007 )
The Question of Religion
Monday, 12 February 2007

Many may think that the issue at stake is God vs. Science but it is not. The real issue is just religion vs. us.

Because religion and related derivatives as new age "science", god, morals or intelligent design are opossed to the very nature of humans: i.e. evidence-based thinking systems.

Just consider the enormous possibilities that real science opens to us with its analytic and predictive capabilities. There's no real need of gods but for those that are unable to understand the vast ammount of knowledge that science is constinuosly producing.

It is not necessary to understand Einstein's Field Equations to be aware of the impact that general relativity may play in our understanding of the universe and -may be- in our re-shaping of it, or the many possibilities that stem cell research may open to health and well living.

The rationale of getting comfort from religion is the same rationale of getting comfort from alcohol. Beware, it seems to work but kills your neurons.

Last Updated ( Monday, 23 February 2009 )
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