First International Summer School

in Artificial General Intelligence

 

Artificial Brain Laboratory

http://ai.xmu.edu.cn/artificialbrain

Xiamen University, Xiamen, China

 

Main summer school: June 22 – July 3, 2009

OpenCog Lab: July 6-9, 2009

 

 

 

The Artificial Brain Laboratory at Xiamen University is pleased to offer a 2 week summer school in Artificial General Intelligence, during the period June 22 – July 10 2009. 

 

The summer school proper will be followed by a 4-day OpenCog lab, aimed at those who wish to get hands-on experience with the OpenCog AGI toolkit, with experts available to provide assistance.

 

The course is aimed at graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, although it may also be appropriate for some advanced undergraduates and independent or industry researchers.

 

Instructors are international researchers experienced in various areas of Artificial General Intelligence and related fields. 

 

The language of instruction will be English.

 

The format is loosely modeled on the International Summer School in Cognitive Science that has been held for the last 15 years at the New Bulgarian University in Sofia, Bulgaria (although the AGI Summer School has no formal affiliation with that program). 

 

Faculty

For more complete faculty biographies, click here.

 

Faculty Member

Relevant Specialty Areas

Dr. Hugo de Garis

http://ai.xmu.edu.cn/artificialbrain/degaris

http://ai.xmu.edu.cn/artificialbrain

 

Evolvable hardware, evolvable neural networks, artificial brains, robotics

Dr. Ben Goertzel

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Goertzel

http://goertzel.org/resume.htm

http://opencog.org

http://novamente.net

 

Integrative AGI architectures, probabilistic inference, evolutionary learning, virtual worlds

Dr. Pei Wang

http://www.cis.temple.edu/~pwang/

http://nars.wang.googlepages.com/home

 

theory of intelligence, reasoning, learning

Dr. Joscha Bach

http://lifeboat.com/ex/bios.joscha.bach

http://tinyurl.com/5f3f72

http://www.micropsi.org/

 

 

AGI architectures, theory of emotion and motivation

Dr. Allan Combs

http://www.sourceintegralis.org/

http://tinyurl.com/6xrm7h

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allan_Combs

 

 

Consciousness research, neuroscience

Dr. Nil Geissweiller

http://sites.google.com/site/ngeiswei/Home

 

Probabilistic inference, evolutionary learning, virtual worlds

Dr. Joel Pitt

http://ferrouswheel.info/cv-joelpitt.html

http://www.opencog.org/wiki/Joel_Pitt

 

Probabilistic inference, attractor neural networks, virtual worlds

 

 

Guest Lecturers

 

In addition to the primary faculty listed above, there will be several guest lecturers giving individual lectures within the summer school:

 

Faculty Member

Relevant Specialty Areas

Dr. Gino Yu

http://www.playlab.hk/~gino/

 

AI in Gaming

Dr. Matthew Ikle’

http://faculty.adams.edu/~moikle/Site/Research.html

 

Probabilistic Logic

HyunRyong Jung

(Samsung Electronics)

Humanoid robotics, robot simulation environments

Lian Ruiting

(PhD student, Xiamen University)

Computational linguistics

 

 


 

Courses

 

The curriculum will consist of a set of lectures pursuing a handful of common themes.  The lecture list is subject to revisions, but the current  version may be found at

 

http://goertzel.org/Courses.htm

 

Participation

 

International participants will be selected by a Selection Committee on the basis of their submitted documents:

 

Š      application form

Š      CV

Š      statement of purpose

 

Applications will be accepted up till June 1, 2009.

 

Participants are reminded that visiting China generally requires a visa, which must be obtained via the Chinese consulate in one’s country of citizenship.  The time required to obtain a visa may vary from one country to another, and application well in advance is advised.

 

Applications should be submitted via email to  ben@goertzel.org, with  "AGI Summer School" in the header.

 

Questions should be directed to ben@goertzel.org

 

 

Housing and Fees

 

The Organizing Committee will make arrangements with local hotels to provide accommodation at favourable prices.   The fee for the workshop will include accommodation and partial board (breakfast + dinner) for the period of the workshop, as well as participation in all courses, participant symposia, panel discussions, and student sessions.

 

For non-Chinese students, the cost of the Summer School will be as follows,

 

 

For the OpenCog lab (the week following the main summer school), additional tuition of $500 and room/board of $500 will be charged.

 

At the moment funds for scholarships are not available.

 

Chinese students should contact ben@goertzel.org for information on costs (please email in English!)


 

Schedule

 

The schedule for each week will be similar, but with different lectures and themes each week.  The schedule will be roughly as shown in the following tables (however, the specific assignments of courses to times given here are preliminary and subject to change).

 

Saturday 6/27, an optional trip to see sights in Xiamen will be organized, which will provide an opportunity for group discussions in a less formal surroundings.


Week 1

 

 

 

6/22

6/23

6/24

6/25

6/26

 

Mon

Tues

Wed

Thurs

Fri

8:30-10:00

AGI versus Narrow AI

(Goertzel)

The Mathematics of Universal and General Intelligence

(Goertzel)

___

 

OpenCogPrime Design for AGI

(Goertzel)

 

OpenCog Software Framework

(Pitt / Goertzel)

Introduction to Probabilistic Logic Networks

(Geisweiller/ Goertzel)

OpenCog / PLN Software Framework

(Pitt)

10:10-11:40

Approaches to Defining and Evaluating General Intelligence

(Wang)

A Logical

 Model of

 Intelligence

(Wang)

A Logical

 Model of

 Intelligence

(Wang)

A Logical

 Model of

 Intelligence

(Wang)

Probabilistic Logical Networks: Spatiotemporal and Intensional Inference

(Geisweiller)

11:40-14:30

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

14:30-16:00

The Brain as a Neuroscientist Sees It (Combs)

The Brain as a Neuroscientist Sees It (Combs)

The Nature of Conscious-ness (Combs)

Nonlinear Dynamics and the Mind (Combs)

Evolvable Neural Networks

(de Garis)

16:15-17:15

Group discussion

Group discussion

Group discussion

Group discussion

Free time

18:00-19:00

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner

 

 

 


Week 2

 

 

 

 

6/29

6/30

7/1

7/2

7/3

 

Mon

Tues

Wed

Thurs

Fri

8:30-10:00

Managing Uncertainty with Indefinite Probabilities

(Ikle’)

Automated Program Learning: the MOSES Algorithm

(Geisweiller)

Humanoid Robotics for AGI: the Nao Platform (de Garis)

Imitation and Reinforcement Learning in Virtually Embodied Agents Using Program Evolution

 (Geisweiller)

 

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RIDE: A Simulator for Robotic Intelligence Development (Jung)

Natural Language Processing for AGI: the RelEx Framework (Goertzel)

10:10-11:40

Program Representation for General Intelligence:

The Reduct Toolkit for Program Normalization (Goertzel / Geisweiller)

Controlling Intelligent Agents in a Virtual World: the OpenPetBrain System (Geisweiller)

Attractor Neural Nets and Economic Attention Allocation (Pitt)

Artificial General Intelligence and Gaming

(Gino Yu)

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Extending and Customizing Virtual Worlds for AGI

(Goertzel)

Natural Language Generation: the NLGen Framework (Goertzel / Lian Ruiting)

11:40-14:30

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

14:30-16:00

Man as Machine

(Bach)

Understanding Motivation, Emotion and Mental Representation

(Bach)

Understanding Motivation, Emotion and Mental Representation

(Bach)

The MicroPsi Architecture (Bach)

Concluding Lecture / discussion

16:15-17:15

Group discussion

Group discussion

Group discussion

Group discussion

Free time

18:00-19:00

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner