Control Mechanisms for Spatial Knowledge Processing in Cognitive / Intelligent Systems
Papers from the AAAI Spring Symposium
Holger Schultheis, Thomas Barkowsky, Benjamin Kuipers, and Bernhard Hommel, Cochairs
Crucial aspects of cognitive systems, may they be robots, (software) agents, or humans are (a) spatial knowledge processing and (b) mechanisms for control of information processing. Consequently, over the last decade(s), there has been a growing interest in the understanding and realization of both aspects in all three types of cognitive systems. Despite the substantial research effort devoted to control mechanisms and spatial knowledge processing as such, however, control mechanisms for spatial knowledge processing have virtually been neglected.
Therefore, results about and conceptions of control mechanisms in spatial knowledge processing are hardly available. For example, in the light of the numerous different spatial representations proposed so far, the question arises by which control mechanisms the employment of the most suitable representation structure can be achieved. The goal of this symposium was to give first answers to this and related questions by bringing together researchers from AI and cognitive science. Participants were asked to provide thoughts on the integration of the two perspectives rather than just presenting specific results from one of the fields.