The Soar Cognitive Architecture

August 20, 2019|
The Soar Cognitive Architecture by John E. Laird
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The definitive presentation of Soar, one AI''s most enduring architectures, offering comprehensive descriptions of fundamental aspects and new components.

In development for thirty years, Soar is a general cognitive architecture that integrates knowledge-intensive reasoning, reactive execution, hierarchical reasoning, planning, and learning from experience, with the goal of creating a general computational system that has the same cognitive abilities as humans. In contrast, most AI systems are designed to solve only one type of problem, such as playing chess, searching the Internet, or scheduling aircraft departures. Soar is both a software system for agent development and a theory of what computational structures are necessary to support human-level agents. Over the years, both software system and theory have evolved. This book offers the definitive presentation of Soar from theoretical and practical perspectives, providing comprehensive descriptions of fundamental aspects and new components.

The current version of Soar features major extensions, adding reinforcement learning, semantic memory, episodic memory, mental imagery, and an appraisal-based model of emotion. This book describes details of Soar''s component memories and processes and offers demonstrations of individual components, components working in combination, and real-world applications. Beyond these functional considerations, the book also proposes requirements for general cognitive architectures and explicitly evaluates how well Soar meets those requirements.

John E. Laird is John L. Tishman Professor of Engineering in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Michigan.
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Title:The Soar Cognitive Architecture
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:390 pages, 9 X 7.13 X 0.69 in
Shipping dimensions:390 pages, 9 X 7.13 X 0.69 in
Published:August 20, 2019
Publisher:MIT Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780262538534

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