EBP: The Ersatz Brain Project

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-06-C-0045
Agency Tracking Number: F051-109-1952
Amount: $736,956.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-109
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
12 Gill Street, Suite 1400, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 967259946
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Paul Allopenna
 Cognitive Scientist
 (781) 496-2486
Business Contact
 Margaret Clancy
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2415
Email: clancy@aptima.com
Research Institution
This project is an attempt to design a computer suitable for the efficient execution of software that displays human-like cognitive abilities. Examples of such software applications include natural language understanding, text processing, conceptually based internet search, natural human-computer interfaces, cognitively based data mining, sensor fusion, and image understanding. The architecture is based on mammalian neocortex. Although we do not think that it is possible to instantiate a true cortical model, we feel that a model that borrows key elements from cortical design is a critical starting point computing systems with the power, flexibility, and subtlety of the actual brain. In Phase 1 of the Ersatz Brain Project (EBP ) we expanded our original conception to include a computationally richer representational architecture than the originally proposed two-dimensional locally connected lattice. Additionally, through simulations, we have discovered how powerful learning rules can be easily incorporated into the EBP.

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