Representing Mental States & Mechanisms
Papers from the AAAI Spring Symposium
Michael T. Cox & Michael Freed,Cochairs
The ability to reason about mental states and cognitive mechanisms facilitates performance at a variety of tasks. The purpose of this symposium is to enhance our ability to construct programs that employ commonsense knowledge of mental phenomena in an explicit representational format that can be shared across domains and systems. The need to represent knowledge of mental activity transcends usual disciplinary boundaries to include, not simply conditions whereby an agent might introspect about the mental world, but most reasoning tasks where systems interact with users, coordinate behaviors with autonomous agents, or consider their own beliefs and limitations with respect to the physical world.