Broad Area Colloquium For AI-Geometry-Graphics-Robotics-Vision

How Common Sense Might Work

Kenneth D. Forbus
Qualitative Reasoning Group
Northwestern University

Wednesday, April 5, 2000
refreshments 4:05PM
talk begins 4:15PM
TCseq201, Lecture Hall B


This talk describes how a combination of analogical and first-principles reasoning, relying heavily on qualitative representations, might provide a computational model of common sense reasoning. I discuss some of the psychological and computational support for this approach, and illustrate how it can be used in building new kinds of applications, including educational software.

About the Speaker

Ken Forbus is a Professor of Computer Science and Education. Before coming to Northwestern, Prof. Forbus was the head of the Artificial Intelligence group at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prof. Forbus received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1984 in Artificial Intelligence, received an NSF PYI award in 1987, and was elected a AAAI Fellow in 1992. His interest in the construction of intelligent tutoring systems and learning environments stems in part from his experience working on the STEAMER Project at Bolt, Beranek, and Newman in the 1980s.
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