BICA 2011 Records

4th Annual International Conference on Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures, Second Annual Meeting of the BICA Society

Arlington, Virginia, USA, November 4-6, 2011

© 2011 BICA Society


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PS1: Opening Keynotes (chair: Salvatore Gaglio)


– Introduction (Alexei Samsonovich)


– Murray Shanahan (keynote)

Paper/Abstract: Murrayp Shanahan. Serial from Parallel, Unity from Multiplicity: What Emerges from Global Workspace Architecture


– Antonio Chella (keynote)

Paper/Abstract: Antonio Chella and Riccardo Manzotti. Towards Externalist Robotics


CS1: Physically & Virtually Embodied Learning BICA (chair: Christian Lebiere)


– Jeff Krichmar (invited)

Paper/Abstract: Jeffrey Krichmar and Hiroaki Wagatsuma. Neuromorphic and Brain-Based Robots


– Brandon Rohrer

Paper/Abstract: Brandon Rohrer. Biologically Inspired Feature Creation for Multi-Sensory Perception


– Alan Diamond

Paper/Abstract: Alan Diamond, Owen Holland and Hugo Gravato Marques. The Role of the Predicted Present in Artificial and Natural Cognitive Systems


– Kyohei Kushiro

Paper/Abstract: Kyohei Kushiro and Junichi Takeno. Development of a Robot that Cognizes and Learns Unknown Events


CS2: Episodic Memory and Hippocampus-Inspired Learning (chair: Christian Lebiere)


– Craig Vineyard

Paper/Abstract: Craig M. Vineyard, Stephen J. Verzi, Michael L. Bernard, and Thomasp Caudell. A Multimodal Hypertensor Architecture for Association Formation

slides available ]


– Ben Walker & Dustin Dalen

Paper/Abstract: Benjamin Walker, Dustin Dalen, Zachary Faltersack, and Andrew Nuxoll. Extracting Episodic Memory Feature Relevance Without Domain Knowledge


– Andrew Coward

Paper/Abstract: Andrew Coward and Tom Gedeon. Architectures of Complex Learning Systems


– Ben Goertzel

Paper/Abstract: Ben Goertzel, Joel Pittb, Zhenhua Caib, Jared Wigmoreb, Deheng Huangb, Nil Geisweillera, Ruiting Lianb, and Gino Yub. Integrative General Intelligence for Controlling Game AI in a Minecraft-Like Environment


CS3: ‘B’ in BICA (chair: Marco Ortolani)


– Owen Holland

Paper/Abstract: Owen Holland, Alan Diamond, Bhargav Mitra and David Devereux. The What, Why and How of the BI in BICA


– Chris Connolly

Paper/Abstract: Chris Connolly, Richard Rohwer and Zhiqiang Wang. From Biology to Inspiration and Back: Is the Pallidal Complex a Reservoir?


– Ion Juvina

Paper/Abstract: Ion Juvina, James A. Grange, and Christian Lebiere. From Repetition Suppression in Stroop to Backward Inhibition in Task Switching: An Example of Model Reusability


– Gabriele Modena

Paper/Abstract: Jan Treur. Physiological Model-Based Decision Making on Distribution of Effort over Time


CS4: Social Cognition, Emotions & the Self in BICA (chair: Ion Juvina)


– Rosario Sorbello 1

Paper/Abstract: Giuseppe Balistreri, Rosario Sorbello and Antonio Chella. A Natural Human Robot Meta-Comunication through the Integration of Android’s Sensors With Environment Embedded Sensors


– Charles Peck

Paper/Abstract: Charles C. Peck and James Kozloski. The Computational Basis of Emotions and Implications for Cognitive Architectures

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– HyunRyong Jung

Paper/Abstract: Hyunryong Jung, Arjun Menon and Ronald C. Arkin. A Conceptual Space Architecture for Widely Heterogeneous Robotic Systems


– Rosario Sorbello 2

Paper/Abstract: Antonio Chella, Rosario Sorbello, Giovanni Pilato, Giuseppe Balistreri, Salvatore Maria Anzalone, and Marcello Giardina. An Innovative Mobile Phone Based System for Humanoid Robot Expressing Emotions and Personality


– Michael Sellers

Title: Emotions in AI: Starting a Deeper Discussion


– Emotional Panel


CS5: Social Learning and Language Acquisition (chair: Giuseppe Lo Re)


– Nicole Pennington

Paper/Abstract: Nicole Pennington, Benjamin Goodrich and Itamar Arel. Contrasting Infant Perception Data with a Reinforcement Learning Visual Search Model


– Mary Freiman

Paper/Abstract: Mary D. Freiman and Jerry T. Ball. Automatic Verb Valency Pattern Recognition

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– Brian Harrington

Paper/Abstract: Brian Harrington. ASKNet: Leveraging Bio-Cognitive Models in Natural Language Processing

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– Josefina Sierra

Paper/Abstract: Josefina Sierra-Santibáñez. First Order Logic Concepts in Fluid Construction Grammar

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– Leonid Perlowsky

Paper/Abstract: Leonid I. Perlovsky and R. Ilin. Neurally and Mathematically Motivated Architecture for Language and Cognition

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CS6: Emotions in BICA, in Humans and in Artifacts (chair: Charles Peck)


– Gabriele Modena

Paper/Abstract: Jan Treur. A Computational Agent Model Using Internal Simulation to Generate Emotional Dream Episodes


– Ricardo Sanz

Paper/Abstract: Ricardo Sanz and Guadalupe Sanchez. A Model of Emotion as Patterned Metacontrol


– Rony Novianto

Paper/Abstract: Rony Novianto and Mary-Anne Williams. Innate and Learned Emotion Network

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– Ignazio Infantino

Paper/Abstract: Salvatore Gaglio, Ignazio Infantino, Giovanni Pilato, Riccardo Rizzo and Filippo Vella. Vision and Emotional Flow in a Cognitive Architecture for Human-Machine Interaction


– Mark Finlayson

Paper/Abstract: Mark A. Finlayson and Patrick H. Winston. Narrative is a Key Cognitive Competency


– Minipanel (CS6)


CS7: BICA Models of Neurological & Cognitive Dysfunction (chair: Christine Lisetti)


– Ian Horswill

Paper/Abstract: Ian Horswill and Christine Lisetti. On the Simulation of Human Frailty

slides available ]


– Azizi Bin Ab Aziz

Paper/Abstract: Azizi Ab Aziz and Michel C. A. Klein. Computational Modeling of Therapies Related to Cognitive Vulnerability and Coping


– Sebastien Naze

Paper/Abstract: Sebastien Naze and Jan Treur. A Computational Agent Model for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders


– Roseli Wedemann

Paper/Abstract: Roseli S. Wedemann, Luís Alfredo Vidal De Carvalho and Raul Donangelo. Access to Symbolization and Associativity Mechanisms in a Model of Conscious and Unconscious Processes


CS8: Machine Learning Approaches in BICA (chair: David Israel)


– Terry Stewart

Paper/Abstract: Terry C. Stewart and Chris Eliasmith. Neural Planning and Reasoning Using the Synaptic Connections of the Basal Ganglia and Thalamus


– Javier Snaider

Paper/Abstract: Javier Snaider and Stan Franklin. Extended Sparse Distributed Memory


– Tsvi Achler

Paper/Abstract: Tsvi Achler and Luis M. A. Bettencourt. Evaluating the Contribution of Top-Down Feedback and Post-Learning Reconstruction


CS9: Sensemaking from Biological Inspirations (chair: Christian Lebiere)


– Paul Kogut

Paper/Abstract: Paul Kogut, June Gordon, David Morgenthaler, John Hummel, Edward Monroe, Ben Goertzel, Ethan Trewhitt and Elizabeth Whitaker. Recognizing Geospatial Patterns with Biologically-Inspired Relational Reasoning


– Matthew Rutledge-Taylor

Paper/Abstract: Matthew F. Rutledge-Taylor, Christian Lebiere, Yury Vinokurov, James Staszewski, and John R. Anderson. Bridging the Gap: A Neurally Plausible Functional Model of Sensemaking


– Harold Klein

Paper/Abstract: Harold Klein. SPIRE – A BICA-Emulated Strategic Decision Support System
SPIRE: A BICA-emulated strategic decision support system

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BG1-BG6: Breakout Brainstorming Groups


– Embodied (leader: Ben Goertzel)


– Practical (leader: Itamar Arel)


– Fundings (leader: Frank Ritter)

This video clip is deleted on request of Frank Ritter.


– Episodic (leader: Christian Lebiere)


– Metalearning (leader: Chris Poulin)


– Emotional (leader: Michael Sellers)


PS2: Roadmap to Human-Level AI (chair: Chris Poulin)


– Ennio Mingolla (invited)

Paper/Abstract: Ennio Mingolla. The emerging encounter of neuroscience and robotics


– Breakout Summaries

(Ben Goertzel, Itamar Arel, Terry Stewart, Chris Poulin, Michael Sellers, Junichi Takeno, Antonio Chella)


– Roadmap Panel


– BICA Society Panel


PS3: System Approach to the BICA Challenge (chair: Antonio Chella)


– Konstantin Anokhin (keynote)

Paper/Abstract: Konstantin Anokhin. Towards Cognitively Informed Models of Memory Storage, Retrieval and Processing in the Nervous System

slides available ]


– Witali Dunin-Barkowski (invited)

Paper/Abstract: Witali L. Dunin-Barkowski. Data Formats in Multineuronal Systems and Brain Reverse Engineering


– Keith Downing (keynote)

Paper/Abstract: Keith L. Downing. Evolving Neural Networks for Artificial Intelligence

CS10: Intelligent Tutoring & Assistance in Learning (chair: Rosario Sorbello)


– Mihai Boicu

Paper/Abstract: Mihai Boicu. Rapid Prototyping of a Cognitive System for Pediatric Telephone Triage Tutoring

slides available ]


– Gautam Biswas (invited)

Title: Promoting the Use of Metacognitive Strategies in a Learning by Teaching Environment

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CS11: Imagery and Metacognition in BICA (chair: Marco Ortolani)


– Marco Ortolani

Paper/Abstract: Salvatore Gaglio, Giuseppe Lo Re, and Marco Ortolani. Cognitive Meta-Learning of Syntactically Inferred Concepts


– Paul Rosenbloom 1

Paper/Abstract: Paul Rosenbloom. Mental Imagery in a Graphical Cognitive Architecture


– Paul Rosenbloom 2

Paper/Abstract: Junda Chen, Abram Demski, Teawon Han, Louis-Philippe Morency, David Pynadath, Nicole Rafidi and Paul Rosenbloom. Fusing Symbolic and Decision-Theoretic Problem Solving + Perception in a Graphical Cognitive Architecture


– Eugene Surowitz

Paper/Abstract: Eugene J. Surowitz. Analytic General Intelligence: Constructing Space+Time for the Lowen Model

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– Metacognition Panel


CS12: Bridging the Gap between Natural and Artificial Intelligence (chair: Scott Fahlman)


– Paul Robertson

Paper/Abstract: Paul Robertson and Robert Laddaga. Learning to Find Structure in a Complex World


– Itamar Arel

Paper/Abstract: Thomasp Karnowski, Itamar Arel, and Steven Young. Modeling Temporal Dynamics with Function Approximation in Deep Spatio-Temporal Inference Network


– Scott Fahlman (invited)

Paper/Abstract: Scott E. Fahlman. Parallel and Serial Components in Human-Like Intelligence

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– Chris Long

Paper/Abstract: Art Pope, Chris Long, and Diane Bramsen. Physics-Based Simulation in the CASTLE Environment


– Vladislav D. Veksler

Paper/Abstract: Vladislav D. Veksler. Second life foraging: An Ecologically-Inspired Task to Drive Biologically-Inspired Cognitive Architectures

slides available ]


CS13: Machine Consciousness and Human-Like BICA (chair: Roseli Wedemann)


– Riccardo Manzotti

Paper/Abstract: Riccardo Manzotti, Luca Papi, Cristina Amoretti and Soo-Young Lee. Does Radical Externalism Suggest How to Implement Machine Consciousness?


– Junichi Takeno

Paper/Abstract: Junichi Takeno. MoNAD Structure and the Self-Awareness


– Kazuki Katayama

Paper/Abstract: Kazuki Katayama and Junichi Takeno. Conscious Expectation System


– Mark Waser

Paper/Abstract: Mark Waser. Architectural Requirements & Implications of Consciousness, Self, and “Free Will”

slides available ]


– Bill Kennedy

Paper/Abstract: William G. Kennedy. The Roots of Trust: Cognition Beyond Rational


CS14: Scalable Growth, Evolution and Design of BICA (chair: Tsvi Achler)


– James Peterson

Paper/Abstract: James K. Peterson. Small Brain Model Architectures

slides available ]


– David Stracuzzi

Paper/Abstract: David Stracuzzi. A Plausible Logic Inference Engine

slides available ]


– Muneo Kitajima

Paper/Abstract: Muneo Kitajima and Makoto Toyota. Four Processing Modes of In Situ Human Behavior

slides available ]


– Minipanel (CS14)


CS15: Neuromorphism in BICA (chair: Jared Sylvester)


– Derek Monner

Paper/Abstract: Derek Monner and James A. Reggia. Towards a Biologically Inspired Question-Answering Neural Architecture


– Jared Sylvester

Paper/Abstract: Jared C. Sylvester, James A. Reggia and Scott Weems. Cognitive Control as a Gated Cortical Net


– Mark Reimers

Paper/Abstract: Mark Reimers. Genetic Construction of a Heterogeneous Network Controlling a Simple Simulated Autonomous Robot with Learning


– Fred Rothganger

Paper/Abstract: Fredrick Rothganger, Christina Warrender, Ann Speed, Brandon Rohrer, Asmeret Bier, and Derek Trumbo. Connecting Cognitive and Neural Models

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PS4: Closing Session (chair: Mary Freiman)


– Poster Reviews and Session Summaries

(Tsvi Achler, Vladislav Veksler, Michael Sellers, Charles Peck, Andrew Coward, Antonio Chella)


– David Vernon (invited)

Paper/Abstract: David Vernon. Reconciling Autonomy with Utility: A Roadmap and Architecture for Cognitive Development


– VideoPanels Review: Alexei Samsonovich

Paper/Abstract: Michael Q. Kalish and Alexei V. Samsonovich. VideoPanels Review: From Goal Understanding to Metacognition




– Credits