John A. Barnden

Emeritus Professor of Artificial Intelligence
School of Computer Science

and

Research Associate, FraMEPhys Research Group
Department of Philosophy

The University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, U.K.


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Research

My research is within Cognitive Science, including Artificial Intelligence, and has the following main aspects:

  1. The nature of (SELF-)CONSCIOUSNESS, whether natural (human, animal, ...) or artefactual.
    This work started relatively recently.
    Even more recently it has led to thoughts on the nature of TIME.

  2. The processing of FIGURATIVE UTTERANCES (metaphoric, metonymic, hyperbolic, ironic, ...), by person or machine

      For some of the work, see the ATT-Meta project.

      The work on metaphor started (long ago now) with a concentration on
      metaphor for describing MENTAL STATES(/PROCESSES),
      but then became general-purpose.

      The work on metonymy, irony and hyperbole is relatively recent.


I have done work on CONNECTIONISM, but stopped pursuing this years ago.


Selected Publications & Presentations


Metaphor-of-Mind Databank

I have been building a databank of examples of metaphors of mind in real text and speech.
This databank is a product of the ATT-Meta project.



Opportunities for Student Projects (PhD and MPhil only)

I may be able to help to supervise you,
BUT ONLY IF they closely match my particular interests in Artificial Intelligence / Cognitive Science.

Degrees and Positions: here


ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8062-2288

Page on Academia.edu: http://bham.academia.edu/JohnBarnden




Last update: 2 Oct 2023