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Seit fast 40 Jahren arbeitet Oswald Wiener an einer denkpsychologischen Theorie der menschlichen Intelligenz. Als empirische Grundlage dient ihm dabei die Methode der Selbstbeobachtung, die, entgegen dem behavioristischen Verdikt, gestützt auf einen operationalen Strukturbegriff, reproduzier- und validierbare Beobachtungen ermöglicht. Im letzten Ja...
(A comment on the target article: Franklin, Strain, McCall, Baars (2014): Conceptual Commitments of the LIDA Model of Cognition.) What distinguishes the AGI approach from the initial, supposedly equally idealistic and holistic, AI approach? Why do we think that we could make any progress in our recent times? The answer to these questions is not cl...
In this conceptual paper we propose a shift of perspective for parts of AI --- from search to model construction. We claim that humans construct a model of a problem situation consisting of only a few, hierarchically structured elements. A model allows to selectively explore possible continuations and solutions, and for the flexible instantiation a...
An exploratory, qualitative experiment sheds light on the depictive theory of mental imagery. The study analyzes the very operations subjects undertake when solving visuospatial tasks. Preliminary results indicate that subjects do not make use of stable mental images: instead, they continuously assemble and reassemble different perspectives through...
Sketches are shapes that represent objects, scenes, or ideas by depicting relevant parts and their spatial arrangements. While humans are quite efficient in understanding and using sketch drawings, those are largely inaccessible to computers. We argue that this is due to a specific shape based representation by humans and hence the use of cognitive...
[PhD project] The working title is: "The moving body as subjectively experienced, experimented with, explored, and cultivated in somatic movement practices". Based on a phenomenological and embodied approach, I investigate the interplay of intention, imagery and somatic awareness during deliberate & attentive practice, and how continuous practice leads to reorganization of movement perception and control. I focus mainly on the somatic practices of Tai Chi and Feldenkrais.
description: JESICS is being fully funded, since the start of January 2015, by the German Acadamic Exchange Services (DAAD), within the framework of the German-Arab transformation partnership, programme line 4. It will continue to be funded till the end of December 2017. We propose to model higher cognitive abilities by employing interdisciplinary research, and claim that it is possible to develop computational models for utilizing cognitive mechanisms that enable artificial cognitive agents to approximate to a certain degree human-like general intelligence. Our current work focuses on utilizing Cross-Domain Cognitive Mechanisms for Modeling Automatic Sketch Recognition.