What is Cognitive Science

Designing Systems that Learn to Behave

Dr. Michael Littman

Thursday, September 25, 2003, 12:00pm - 07:00pm

Computer Science, Rutgers University

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September 25, 2003, at 12:00p.m.

Psychology Room 101, Busch Campus

Dr. Michael Littman

Rutgers University, Department of Computer Science

Designing Systems that Learn to Behave

From one perspective, the computer science field of reinforcement
learning is a vestige of the age of behaviorism.  From another,
however, it is arguably the only area in artificial intelligence
concerned with assembling a truly cognitive machine.  In this
presentation, I'll discuss my past reinforcement learning research, my
current projects, and my beliefs of where the field needs to go next.

Dr. Michael Littman


"What is Cognitive Science?"

This lunchtime talks series is designed to introduce the University community to issues in Cognitive Science. Cognitive Science is one the the few fields where modern developments in computer science and artificial intelligence promise to shed light on classical problems in psychology and the philosophy of the mind. Ancient questions of how we see the world, understand language, and reason, and questions such as 'how a material system can know about the outside world', are being explored with the powerful new conceptual prosthetics of computer modeling.

The talks in this lunchtime lecture series are every Thursday during the Fall semester from ** 12:00-1:00 ** in the Psychology Building, Room 101 on  Busch Campus.

Note: Talks are also announced by email (with reminders sent the day of the talk) to people who have requested to be placed on our announce list. If you would like to be added to our announce list, please email the Business Office (business_manager@ruccs.rutgers.edu).