Virtual International Symposium on Cognitive Architecture (VISCA 2021)

June 8-11, 2021: 10/11am-1:30pm EDT

Hosted by the Soar Research Group, University of Michigan

John Laird ( Organizer

Over the last forty years, there has been continual research in cognitive architecture – the computational substructure underlying cognition. VISCA is an attempt to bring together leaders in the field to share their current research across the breadth of cognitive architecture, including research on modeling human behavior, neural-cognitive architectures, functional capabilities of cognitive architectures, components of cognitive architectures, and applications. Our goal is to enable anyone in the world to participate. Please share this webpage with colleagues and friends who might be interested.

There are no registration fees or other costs. All that we ask is that you register so we can provide you access to the symposium and the materials we collect. The symposium will be a live event, June 8-11, with the exact times varying each day, but always between 10am-1:30pm EDT. Each day will consist of a series of 30 minute talks followed by a 30 minute moderated discussion session. Videos of the presentations will be available after the symposium.

We will use Zoom Webinar for the presentations. An email will be sent to all registrants with details of how to participate. Email if you have questions.

For those interested in the Soar cognitive architecture, the Soar Workshop will be held June 14.

Speakers and Talks

No ordering of speakers within sessions just yet: Currently alphabetical. Talk titles are tentative.

June 8, 10:00am-1:00pm EDT: Greg Trafton Session Chair

AI and Robotic Cognitive Architectures

Michael BeetzUniversity of BremenEmbodied Intelligent Agents
Antonio ChellaUniversity of PalermoThe Inner Speech of a Cognitive Architecture
Michael CoxWright State UniversityCognition’s interface to the world and to metacognition in MIDCA
Antonio LietoUniversity of TurinFunctional and Structural Models of Commonsense Reasoning in Cognitive Architectures
Kristinn R. ThorissonReykjavik UniversityPractical Seed-Programmed Autonomous General Cumulative Learning

June 9, 11:00am-1:30pm EDT: Andrea Stocco Session Chair

Neuro-Cognitive Architectures, Brain Structure, …

Matt BotvinickDeep MindThe compositional turn in deep learning
Randy O’ReillyUC DavisThe central role of the parietal lobe in the neural cognitive architecture
Olaf SpornsIndiana UniversityBrain Networks: Structural and Dynamic Substrates of Cognitive Architectures?
Lucina UddinUniversity of MiamiBrain dynamics and flexible behaviors

June 10, 11:00am-1:30pm EDT: Christian Lebiere Session Chair

Cognitive Modeling

Chris DancyBucknell UniversityFrom the physiological to the social: Thinking about the human in human-AI interaction
Sean Kugele University of MemphisA theory-driven, incremental approach to constructing minds using LIDA
Rick Lewis & Andrew HowesUniversity of Michigan & University of BirminghamThe Role of Reinforcement Learning in Cognitive Architecture Research
John K. TsotsosYork UniversityThe ‘Why’ and ‘How’ of Attentional Control for Visuospatial Behavior

June 11, 11:00am-1:30pm EDT: Robert West Session Chair

Common Model / Theory

John LairdUniversity of MichiganFormalism for CMC architectures
Marcin MiłkowskiPolish Academy of SciencesCognitive Architectures and the Unity of Cognitive Science
Paul RosenbloomUniversity of Southern CaliforniaA Framework for Mapping the Technological Underpinnings of Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Modeling, and Integrated Systems and Models