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My research surrounds advanced autonomy and general theories of cognition. I work on cognitive architectures for intelligent agents, the technologies underlying those architectures, and on applications of intelligent artifacts. I am one of the principle authors of the Icarus architecture, which supplies a framework for constructing agents that pursue complex tasks in dynamic environments. I am interested in research on agent motivation, and in establishing trust between artificial agents and their human users. I work with a variety of tools and technologies that enable intelligent agents, e.g., explanation based learning, reinforcement learning, logical inference, reactive programming, decision theory, and operations research, as well as on a variety of tasks that employ intelligent artifacts, such as transfer learning, problem solving, and human-machine spoken dialogue.
I am the past president of Applied Reactivity, Inc., a company I formed to take my work on value driven agents out of academia and into application. I have been a Senior Researcher at the Stanford University Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI), and am currently an affiliate of its Computational Learning Laboratory (CLL).
as author at 25th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, San Francisco 2011,