Book Release: Artificial Cognitive Systems

11/10/2014

Artificial Cognitive Systems – A Primer is a book recently published by David Vernon, Professor of Informatics at the University of Skövde at MIT Press.

– I have been working on this book for the past eight years and it is of course very nice to see it in its final form and how well it has been received, says Professor David Vernon.

The book offers a concise and accessible introduction to the emerging field of artificial cognitive systems and the book is aimed at anyone interested in the state of the art of this area of study. It is also designed as a course text book for PhD students in cognitive robotics.

– Cognition, both natural and artificial, is about anticipating the need for action and developing the capacity to predict the outcome of those actions. The field of artificial cognitive systems has as its ultimate goal the creation of computer-based systems that can interact with humans and serve society in a variety of ways, says Professor David Vernon.

Professor David Vernon and his colleagues in Informatics at the University of Skövde are the coordinating partners of the EU-funded research project DREAM which focuses on child-robot interaction strategies for children with autism.

– Children with autism are often overwhelmed by all the communication and social information in human-human interaction. The robot assists the therapist in teaching the child social skills like turn-taking, imitation and joint attention. The robot becomes a tool to better train the child to interact with humans – this project is not about technology, it is about rehabilitation.

Artificial Cognitive Systems – A Primer is a book recently published by David Vernon, Professor of Informatics at the University of Skövde.

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