[Comp-neuro] CFP: A Standard Model of the Mind

Christian Lebiere cl at cmu.edu
Thu Jun 29 22:25:33 CEST 2017

Invitation to submit a position paper to the AAAI 2017 Fall Symposium on A
Standard Model of the Mind

The purpose of this symposium is to engage the international research
community in developing a standard model of the mind, with a focus
specifically on human-like minds, which include human minds but also
artificial minds that are either inspired by human ones or are similar
because of common functional goals. The notion of a standard model has its
roots in particle physics, where it is assumed to be internally consistent,
yet still have major gaps; and serves as a cumulative reference point for
the field while driving efforts to both extend and revise it. A standard
model of the mind could yield similar benefits while also guiding
experimentation, application, extension, interpretation, evaluation, and

The intent is not to develop a single implementation, model or theory that
everyone would abide by and agree is correct. What is sought is a statement
of the best consensus given the community's current understanding of the
mind, plus a sound basis for further refinement as more is learned. A
beginning was made at the 2013 AAAI Fall Symposium on Integrated Cognition,
followed by an effort to capture and extend that initial consensus. Truly
creating a standard model requires participation by researchers from across
the community; hence this symposium.

Working sessions will focus on the concept, framework, major components,
and initial draft of a standard model; on mapping of existing architectures
onto the model; and on summarizing the results and looking to the future.
Each session will consist of an introduction, brief statements by 3-4
panelists on their position papers, and a moderated panel discussion. The
focus will be on interactions that lead to a written summary document.

Position papers (up to 6 pages) can be submitted to sm at ict.usc.edu by July
21, 2017. They should address fundamental issues with the concept of a
standard model, outline proposals for such a model, or suggest specific
contents. While contributions from all perspectives will be considered,
those arising from a cognitive architecture approach — and yielding
implications for the computational structure and function of the mind and
its parts — are expected to be most directly relevant.

Organizing Committee
John Laird (University of Michigan, laird at umich.edu), Christian Lebiere
(Carnegie Mellon University, cl at cmu.edu), Paul S. Rosenbloom (University of
Southern California, rosenbloom at usc.edu)

For More Information
People considering writing position papers are encouraged to visit the
symposium website (http://sm.ict.usc.edu), which has additional background
resources.  You can also contact any member of the organizing committee.
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