Friday, September 18, 2015


In 2009, UE Cognitive Science and Computer Science double major Michael Zlatkovsky did his senior project on our Dynamic Associative Networks (DANs). His project is described on his companion website. Since 2009, we have made several innovations in our networks, including the addition of information-theoretic dynamic weighting and the use of threshold functions. Even so, the goal of the project has largely been the same: To create a system that can transform ordered input organically and recurrently into a structure that possesses cognitive abilities. The current choice of using the NFL as the domain for application is explained in the welcome message for this blog.

Michael's project was the first-place winner for "Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineering Paper/Presentation" at the University of Evansville's Undergraduate Research Conference in Mathematics, Engineering, and Sciences (MESCON). At the time of this writing, Michael is working for Microsoft in Seattle. Go Seahawks!

In 2010, I published Typicality Effects and Resilience in Evolving Dynamic Associative Networks in the November Symposium Proceedings for the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. The topic of our symposium concerned Complex Adaptive Systems.

Two year's later, UE Philosophy and Cognitive Science Double Major Christopher Harrison and I wrote Information-Theoretic Teleodynamics in Natural and Artificial Systems for A Computable Universe: Understanding Computation and Exploring Nature as Computation, edited by Hector Zenil with a forward by Sir Roger Penrose. 

Mr. Harrison and I also presented our research at the Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities, Network and Network Analysis for the Humanities, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) at the University of California, Los Angeles. The title of our presentation was Hybrid Networks: Transforming Networks for Social and Textual Analysis into Teleodynamic and Predictive Mechanisms. Slides are available by clicking on the previous link.

In 2013, UE students Drew Reisinger, Taylor Martin, Mason Blankenship, Christopher Harrison, Jesse Squires and I wrote a related paper, Exploring Wolfram's Notion of Computational Irreducibility with a Two-Dimensional Cellular Automaton, for Irreducibility and Computational Equivalence: Wolfram Science 10 Years after the Publication of A New Kind of Science (Emergence, Complexity and Computation), also edited by Hector Zenil.

Currently, Mr. Reisinger is pursuing a Ph.D. in cognitive science at Johns Hopkins University, Mr. Squires is working for Facebook, and  Mr. Blankenship is working for Ciholas Technologies in Newburgh, Indiana.

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