Extending the Soar Cognitive Architecture
Final rept. Aug 2005-Jul 2007
MICHIGAN UNIV ANN ARBOR COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING DIVISION
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The original purpose of this research was to extend the Soar cognitive architecture based on knowledge gleaned from psychology and brain-based science. Specifically looking at extensions related to memory and learning episodic, semantic and emotion. The direction changed when an opportunity became available to collaborate with other biologically-inspired cognitive architecture BICA projects to design a completely new BICA called TOSCA. In addition to designing a new architecture, we also designed and implemented a framework that can be used to develop biologically-inspired cognitive architectures. The new framework is called STORM. Finally, throughout the development of TOSCA and STORM we continued the work on developing computational models of emotion. This work continued because even with the design of TOSCA, the exact role of emotion in cognitive architecture remains unclear.