EBP: The Ersatz Brain Project

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$736,956.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8750-06-C-0045
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-109-1952
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF05-109
Solicitation Number:
2005.1
Small Business Information
APTIMA, INC.
12 Gill Street, Suite 1400, Woburn, MA, 01801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
967259946
Principal Investigator:
Paul Allopenna
Cognitive Scientist
(781) 496-2486
pallopenna@aptima.com
Business Contact:
Margaret Clancy
Chief Financial Officer
(781) 496-2415
clancy@aptima.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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