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Keynote 3: Challenges in the Design of Adaptive, Intelligent and Cognitive Systems

Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Oakes North Ballroom

Presented by

Prof. Witold Kinsner
Professor and Associate Head of Computer Engineering
University of Manitoba


Numerous attempts are being made to develop machines that could act not only autonomously, but also in an increasingly intelligent and cognitive manner. Such cognitive machines ought to be aware of their environments which include not only other machines, but also human beings and their surroundings. Such machines ought to understand the meaning of information in more human-like ways by grounding knowledge in the physical world and in the machines' own goals. The motivation for developing such machines range from self-evidenced practical reasons such as the expense of computer maintenance, to wearable computing in health care, and gaining a better understanding of the cognitive capabilities of the human brain. To achieve such an ambitious goal requires solutions to many problems, ranging from human perception, attention, concept creation, cognition, consciousness, executive processes guided by emotions and value, and symbiotic conversational human-machine interactions. An important component of this cognitive machine research includes multiscale measures and analysis. This talk will present definitions of cognitive machines, representations of processes, as well as their measurements, measures and analysis. It provides examples from current research, including cognitive radio, cognitive radar, and cognitive monitors. It also discusses some of the challenges emerging from this new design paradigm, including systemic problems, design issues, teaching the subjects to undergraduate students in electrical and computer engineering programs, research related to design.

Presenter's Biography

WITOLD KINSNER is Professor and Associate Head at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. He is also Affiliate Professor at the Institute of Industrial Mathematical Sciences, Winnipeg, and Adjunct Scientist at the Telecommunications Research Laboratories (TRLabs), Winnipeg. He obtained his PhD in electrical and computer engineering from McMaster University, Hamilton in 1974. He has authored and co-authored over 570 publications in his research areas. Dr. Kinsner is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), a member the Mathematical and Computer Modelling Society, a member of Sigma Xi, and a life member of the Radio Amateur of Canada (RAC).

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