An Architectural Overlay: Modifying an Architecture to Help Cognitive Models Understand and Explain Themselves
Final rept. Nov 2001-Sep 2005
PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV UNIVERSITY PARK SCHOOL OF INFORMATION SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY
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Two challenges confront efforts to develop effective intelligent systems to work in complex domains making them easier, faster and less expensive to develop, and making them easier to comprehend, use, and trust Haynes, Councill, Ritter, 2004. This applies to cognitive models as well Ritter, 2004. We have created a high-level behavior representation language and integrated development environment IDE called Herbal Cohen, Ritter, Haynes, 2005 that answers these challenges. Herbal provides explanations, it works, has been used by 60 people as the basis of a course on modeling and as a tutorial at the BRIMS conference, and the data so far suggest a 3 to 7 x performance increase compared to developing Soar code directly. The next steps are to evaluate and extend Herbal, and to apply Herbal to a real-world problem.
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