I have found that the web site used for this workshop and all the online papers are no longer available. I have saved copies of several of them, however.
Unfortunately the links below to DARPA sites no longer work.
in Intelligent Systems Volume: 17, Issue: 6, Nov/Dec 2002, pages 67- 71, ISSN: 1541-1672
All the white papers submitted to the workshop were available at these
locations, but the site appears to have been disabled.
Slide presentations from the workshop were originally here (now not
The people at the workshop rejected my proposals in favour of what they thought DARPA was more likely to fund, namely a project to produce an intelligent personal assistant. Such a project is defined here:http://www.darpa.mil/ipto/programs/pal/index.htmI argued that that sort of goal cannot be achieved without first learning how to build child-like robots that understand the basics of being an agent in a 3-D physical world, and then go on to learn many other things on that basis, as humans do. Trying to go straight for an 'adult' expert which lacks that foundation will produce something very brittle and hard to extend.
Personalized Assistant that Learns (PAL)
"The mission of the PAL program is to radically improve the way computers support humans by enabling systems that are cognitive, i.e., computer systems that can reason, learn from experience, be told what to do, explain what they are doing, reflect on their experience, and respond robustly to surprise. More specifically, PAL will develop a series of prototype cognitive systems that can act as an assistant for commanders and staff. Successful completion of this program will usher in a new era of computational support for a broad range of human activity."
This includes some comments on possible metrics for progress on the kind of project being considered.
Updated: 23 Aug 2007