Department of Computer Science
I work mostly in artificial intelligence:
commonsense reasoning; flexible, domain-general,
self-adjusting autonomous systems; and philosophical issues
surrounding language, mind, consciousness. Much of this
work is conducted collaboratively with students and colleagues;
the primary current thrust aims to test our
ambitious "commonsense-core hypothesis" (see links below).
This research is largely supported by external
grants, such as from NSF, ONR, ARO, and AFOSR.
University of Maryland
Dept. of Computer Science
A. V. Williams Building
8223 Paint Branch Drive
College Park, MD 20742-3255 USA
||(my last name) @cs.umd.edu
||Five dimensions of reasoning in the wild.
First-place winner, Blue Sky Award,
AAAI-2016, Phoenix AZ
||To BICA and beyond: How biology and anomalies together contribute to
AAAI Fall Symposium on Biologically Inspired Cognitive
Architectures, Washington DC.
||There's No ``Me'' in ``Meta'' - or Is There?
Keynote address, Workshop on Metareasoning: Thinking about Thinking,
AAAI Annual Conference, Chicago.
Logic, self-awareness and self-improvement: the metacognitive loop and
the problem of brittleness.
(Co-authored with Michael Anderson.)
The #1 most-read article from Journal of Logic and Computation for
2005; top 5 for 2006.
Theory and Application of Self-reference.
Keynote address, PHILOG Conference, Denmark.
||Consciousness as self-function. Invited paper for special issue
of Journal of Consciousness Studies.
||Memory, mind, and models of self. One-hour invited
lecture, Annual Conference, Canadian Society for Computational Studies of
||Languages with Self-reference I: Foundations. Listed in D. Bobrow's 1993 compilation
of the most frequently-cited papers in AIJ
from 1970 to 1991. Central result selected for use in KIF:
Knowledge Interchange Format, Interlingua Working
Group of the ARPA Knowledge Sharing Effort.