RECENT ONLINE 'DISCUSSION' PAPERS
This file contains pointers to recent online
(HTML and PDF) discussion
papers that have not necessarily been published though some may be
later. They are in roughly reverse chronological order -- only
roughly because often old items are updated and I may forget to move
them up this list.
Some but not all of these are also included in
the CogAff directory
or in the
CoSy Robotic Project discussion papers.
Another source of recent material is my
reverse chronological list of invited talks
list of recent presentations.
A not very successful attempt to organise my work by topic is in
My 'doings' list.
It is obvious that animals and robots acting
in the world need to perceive and be able to predict and control
physical states and processes involving their bodies and objects in
the environment. It is not so obvious that they need to perceive
something more abstract; what J.J.Gibson called "affordances" and
also changes in affordances, including both action-affordances and
ideas about 'intellectual emotions'
Prompted by a question on the ISRE discussion list.
do we (and future robots) experience impossible objects?
for machine vision: seeing a toy plastic meccano crane.
Logical Topography vs Logical Geography
Including a new(?) view of the relations between philosophy and
New ideas about language, its functions, development, and evolution.
Including a generalisation of compositional semantics linked to
Grice's principles/maxims for communication.
This links up with old
arguments about the need for an internal language to have evolved
before a language for communication, also discussed
in this presentation.
(Work done partly with
School of Biosciences)
A partial attempt to clear up confusions and ambiguities about what
is meant by 'deliberative', 'reactive', 'reflective',
'meta-management' and other high level labels for aspects of
information processing architectures.
Orthogonal Recombinable Competences Acquired by Altricial Species
(Blankets, string, and plywood)
Discussion of some requirements for ontology extension during
development and the requirement for new competences to 'scale out',
i.e. to be capable of being combined in novel ways with other
Varieties of computing and AI research.
Originally based on a CPHC conference on how to raise standards in
CS research and awareness of its importance.
Last updated: 4 Dec 2007
School of Computer Science
The University of Birmingham