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Graduate Student Researcher
University of Michigan

The Cogs of Cognition

Presentation Abstract:

Human thinking can do some amazing things! How do we do it? There are many aspects of human cognition that we don’t yet understand how to do with computers. However, researchers now agree upon some high-level systems that summarize how the brain works, and we can implement these in computers to simulate (sometimes intelligent!) human behavior. In our talk, we’ll describe the current high-level understanding of human cognition, and some of the challenges that still face us in our own research into human general intelligence.


Bryan Stearns is a computer science Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan, writing his thesis on the computational principles of general human skill representation and learning. A St. Louis native, in his spare time he likes reading, videography, theology, learning new skills, and singing when no one is listening.