Con - struct - ionist A.I.: Artificial manmade system built by hand; while the system may gain in its performance in some limited domain, the domain itself is decided by the programmer.
Con - struct - ivist A.I.: Artifiical system that is responsible for acquiring its knowledge and thus able to learn to perceive and act intelligently in a number of domains.
The development of artificial intelligence systems has to date been largely one of manual labor. This Constructionist approach to A.I. has resulted in a diverse set of isolated solutions to relatively small pieces of the much larger question about how to artificially replicate the fundamental principles of intelligence. Small success stories of putting these pieces together in robotics, for example, has made people optimistic that continuing on this path would lead to artificial general intelligence. This is unlikely. Standard software development methods, with their standard top-down design approach, put serious limitations on scaling; in A.I. the Constructionist approach results in systems with limited domain application and severe performance brittleness. Genuine integration, as required for general intelligence, is both practically and theoretically precluded. Going beyond current A.I. systems requires significantly more complex integration than attempted to date, especially regarding transversal functions such as attention and learning. The only way to address the challenge is replacing top-down architectural design as the main development methodology with methods focusing on self-generated code and self-organizing architectures. We call this Constructivist A.I., in reference to the self-constructive principles on which it must be based. How different will the methodologies employed for Constructivist A.I. be from today's software development methods? What role can logic and reasoning play in this? How do we construct highly distributed architectures for these purposes? Do we need new programming languages?
This Workshop will explore some of the most important questions related to this impending paradigm shift in detail, through short presentations and targeted teamwork. The main results of the Workshop will subsequently be published on this Wiki.
———————————- SEPTEMBER 1st ———————————-
08:00 - REGISTRATION / SNACKS
09:00 - 09:20 Welcome, introduction to the workshop / Day 1
09:20 - 09:50 Presentation 1
AUTOMATED REASONING: FROM SEARCH-BASED TECHNIQUES TO PLANNING Jörg Siekman Presentation of challenges 1
09:50 - 10:00 Presentation of rules for team discussions
10:00 - 10:15 COFFEE BREAK
10:15 - 11:00 Team collaboration on challenges 1
11:00 - 11:45 Challenges 1: Team conclusions and solutions
11:45 - 13:15 LUNCH
13:15 - 13:45 Presentation 2
WHAT HUMAN GO PLAYERS DO THAT MY SYSTEM DOESN'T Eric Baum Presentation of challenges 2
13:45 - 14:30 Team collaboration on problems 2
14:30 - 15:15 Challenges 2: Team conclusions and solutions
15:15 - 15:45 Presentation 3
PREDICTABLE CONSTRUCTIVISM Ricardo Sanz Presentation of challenges 3
15:45 - 16:00 COFFEE BREAK
16:00 - 16:45 Team collaboration on challenges 3
16:45 - 17:30 Challenges 3: Team conclusions and solutions
17:30 - 17:45 Conclusions of Day 1
———————————- SEPTEMBER 2nd ———————————-
09:00 - 09:15 Introduction to schedule for Day 2
09:15 - 09:45 Presentation 4
HOW TO CONTROL A ROBOT USING A REASONING SYSTEM Pei Wang Presentation of challenges 4
09:45 - 10:30 Team collaboration on challenges 4
10:30 - 10:45 COFFEE BREAK
10:45 - 11:30 Challenges 4: Team conclusions and solutions
11:30 - 12:00 Presentation 5
REQUIREMENTS FOR ARTIFICIAL GENERAL INTELLIGENCE Eric Nivel Presentation of challenges 5
12:00 - 13:00 LUNCH - Nauthóll (you will be guided - please meet up at M216)
13:00 - 13:30 Tour of the Reykjavik University building, IIIM offices, research facilities
13:30 - 14:15 Team collaboration on challenges 5
14:15 - 15:00 Challenges 5: Team conclusions and solutions
15:00 - 15:30 Presentation 6
FROM CONSTRUCTIONIST TO CONSTRUCTIVIST AI: ARCHITECTURE MATTERS Kristinn R. Thórisson Presentation of challenges 6
15:30 - 16:15 Team collaboration on challenges 6
16:15 - 16:30 COFFEE BREAK
16:30 - 17:15 Challenges 6: Team conclusions and solutions
17:15 - 17:30 Antonio Chella: Machine Consciousness & Constructivist A.I.
17:30 - 17:50 Conclusions of Day 2 / Summary of Workshop / Introduction to Day 3
19:30 - 21:30 Dinner at Kolabrautin at the new Harpa music hall downtown Reykjavik
———————————- SEPTEMBER 3 ———————————-
08:00 Half-day excursion to Iceland's countryside, 09:00 - 14:00. Lunch and snacks will be provided.
This is a relatively small (read: exclusive) workshop (less than 30 attendees), fostering close interaction and collaboration between attendees.
The workshop is based on a challenge-response format where a series of (shorter than typical) presentations outline important challenges (rather than results), which are then collaboratively addressed by several small teams which subsequently present their results to the whole group.
Presentations are 25-minutes long, followed by 45-minute teamwork. Results of teamwork is subsequently presented to the whole group in a 45-minute session.
The workshop concludes on the third day (optional) with a half-day trip (9:00 - 14:00) to the Icelandic countryside (depending on sufficient sign-up).
* Hotel Klettur www.hotelklettur.is has available rooms with these HUMANOBS prices:
* Grand Hotel www.grand.is has a block of rooms reserved for HUMANOBS
Taxi from either of these to RU should take approximately 10 minutes with price around ISK 2000 (taxi rates are regulated so any variation in prices reflect traffic or time of day).
Help with booking flights and rooms is provided by Ms. Ýr Gunnlaugsdóttir at Reykjavik Univ. (email: yrg - at - ru dot is - RU's main phone num is +354 599 6200).
Please do not hesitate to contact her if you have any questions about practical arrangements, travel, workshop venue.
Anna Ingolfsdottir, Reykjavik U.
Antonio Chella, U. Palermo, Italy
Bas Steunebrink, IDSIA, Switzerland
Carlos Hernandez Corbato, U. Madrid
Deon Garrett, IIIM, Iceland
Eric Baum, USA
Eric Nivel, Reykjavik U.
Gudny R. Jonsdottir, IIIM, Iceland
Hamid Pourvatan, IIIM, Iceland
Hannes Högni Vilhjalmsson, Reykjavik U.
Haris Dindo, U. Palermo, Italy
Helgi Páll Helgason, Reykjavik U.
Hilmar Finnsson, Reykjavik U.
Hrafn Th. Thorisson, IIIM, Iceland
Ildefons Magrans de Avril, IIIM, Iceland
James Bonaiuto, Cal Tech, USA
Jan Koutnik, IDSIA, Switzerland
John-Jules Meyer, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands
Juergen Schmidhuber, IDSIA, Switzerland
Jörg Siekman, DFKI, Germany
Kristinn R. Thórisson, Reykjavik U. / IIIM, Iceland
Luca Aceto, Reykjavik U.
Manuel Rodriguez, U. Madrid
Marjan Sirjani, Reykjavik U. Mark Wernsdorfer, U. Bamberg, Germany
Max Haarich, Achen U., Germany
Pei Wang, Temple U., USA
Ricardo Sanz, U. Madrid
Thor List, Communicative Machines, UK
Yngvi Björnsson, Reykjavik U.
We are collaborating with the AGI Workshop on self-programming, which was held in California in August. In particular, we encourage all attendees to read the papers that were presented there. They are available from here:
as both PDFs and a downloadable zip file.
Kristin R. Thórisson
Associate Professor, School of Computer Science, Reykjavik University
Director, Icelandic Institute for Intelligent Machines
101 Reykjavik, Iceland
thorisson at ru.is
+354 898 0398
Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale “Antonio Zampolli”
Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies
National Research Council of Italy
School of Computer Science, Reykjavik University
101 Reykjavik, Iceland
Helgi Páll Helgason
School of Computer Science, Reykjavik University
The HUMANOBS Workshop has set up a Support Stipend Program for 5 students and/or junior scientists (PhD students or post-docs from less than two years) attending HUMANOBS workshop, to be held in Reykjavik, Iceland, on September 1st and 2nd, 2011.
The selected individuals will receive 750 Euro stipend to support them in their attendance; attendance on both days of the HUMANOBS workshop is required. Funds will be issued after the workshop. The individuals will be asked to present their work in the form for a poster.
Send information to firstname.lastname@example.org with resume, a short cover letter stating why the indivdual wants to attend, no later than July 31 2011 (midnight GMT).
In the resume/CV and/or cover letter the following information should be clearly stated: