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					        Nevada EPSCoR
      Interdisciplinary Workshop
                       on
      Behavior Analysis
                      for
Artificial and Simulated Agents


          University of Nevada, Reno
                 November 2, 2007
Welcome




                  Nevada EPSCoR
                Interdisciplinary Workshop
                                 on
                Behavior Analysis
                                 for
          Artificial and Simulated Agents


                    University of Nevada, Reno
                           November 2, 2007



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Welcome




                  Nevada EPSCoR
                Interdisciplinary Workshop
                                 on
                Behavior Analysis
                                 for
          Artificial and Simulated Agents


                    University of Nevada, Reno
                           November 2, 2007



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Welcome




                  Nevada EPSCoR
                Interdisciplinary Workshop
                                 on
                Behavior Analysis
                                 for
          Artificial and Simulated Agents


                    University of Nevada, Reno
                           November 2, 2007



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            Artificial and Simulated Agents
          • The general concept of “agent” is very broad
            ×   thermostats
            ×   engine performance regulators
            ×   mail filters
            ×   web crawlers

          • Focus on artificial/simulated “embodied” agents
            √
                people, animals, monsters
            √
                collectives (herd of gazelles, tank battalion)
            √
                robots – real or simulated
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                     Observable Behavior
          • Agents operate in 2D or 3D environments
          • Must display visibly intelligent behavior
             ◦ people have intuitions about what “looks right”
             ◦ focus on appearance rather than optimality
                · here we part ways with traditional AI
          • Examples:
             ◦ customers in a business training simulator
             ◦ herd animals in an ecological research simulator
             ◦ monsters in a videogame
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                    Immediate Questions

          • Does the behavior indeed “look right”?
          • What happens when the lights are out?
             ◦ vendors are terrified of loss of control


                  Key Research Question
              What kind of assurances can we provide?




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                         Behavior Analysis
                                              for
            Artificial and Simulated Agents


                                                                           Dynamical
                                                                            Systems
          Behavior                   Autonomous                            (Mathematics)
          Analysis                    Intelligent                Informs


          (Psychology)   Informs
                                        Agents
                                   (Artificial Intelligence)
                                                               Informs
                                                                           Non−Linear
                                                                             Control
                                                                            (Engineering)




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                Isn’t this a bit of a stretch?


                                                                           Dynamical
                                                                            Systems
          Behavior                   Autonomous                            (Mathematics)
          Analysis                    Intelligent                Informs


          (Psychology)   Informs
                                        Agents
                                   (Artificial Intelligence)
                                                               Informs
                                                                           Non−Linear
                                                                             Control
                                                                            (Engineering)



                                            Wow!




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          No, it’s complementary approaches
                           to a single problem.

                                                                                 Dynamical
                                                                                  Systems
           Behavior                        Autonomous                            (Mathematics)
           Analysis                         Intelligent                Informs


            (Psychology)       Informs
                                              Agents
                                         (Artificial Intelligence)
                                                                     Informs
                                                                                 Non−Linear
                                                                                   Control
                                                                                  (Engineering)



           External View,                                                          Internal View,
          Empirical Analysis                        Informs?                      Formal Analysis


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                    Speakers

                Bobby D. Bryant
           Computer Science & Engineering


                M. Sami Fadali
          Electrical & Biomedical Engineering


           Linda J. Parrott Hayes
                     Psychology


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               Discussants
             Patrick M. Ghezzi
                   Psychology

            Kenneth W. Hunter
            Microbiology & Immunology

                Sushil Louis
          Computer Science & Engineering

             Monica Nicolescu
          Computer Science & Engineering

                Eric L. Wang
              Mechanical Engineering

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             Special Thanks

          Genevieve DeBernardis
             Workshop Coordinator



             Carol Maiellaro
          Redfield Campus Management




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                   Now Here’s The Plan...
          • One overview/tutorial talk on each of the three areas
             ◦ autonomous intelligent agents
             ◦ behavior analysis
             ◦ non-linear systems

          • Each talk followed by a discussion
             ◦ deepen & broaden our conception of the topics
               and their relevance to the workshop’s theme

          • Day ends with integrative discussion


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                        Workshop Goals

          • Familiarize attendees with aspects of
            the three subject areas

          • Identify research issues pertaining to
            the workshop’s theme

          • Identify interdisciplinary research approaches
            to those issues


           Launch actual research proposal efforts

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               Welcome

          Thank you for coming!




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