NYACC General Meeting
Artificial Intelligence and Commonsense Reasoning
Presented by Ernest Davis, NYU Professor of Computer Science
Thursday May 14, 2015
At NYU - 32 Waverly Place, Silver Building
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Since the earliest days of artificial intelligence, it has been recognized
that commonsense reasoning is one of the central challenges in the field.
However, progress in this area has on the whole been frustratingly slow. Davis
will discuss why commonsense reasoning is needed to achieve human-level
performance in tasks like natural language processing, vision, and
robotics, why the problem is so difficult, and why progress has been slow.
He will also discuss what kind of progress has been made, what kind of
techniques have been tried, and prospects for going forward.
Ernest Davis is Professor of Computer Science at NYU, and has been a
faculty member at NYU since 1983. He teaches undergraduate and graduate
courses in a number of subjects, including artificial intelligence, web
search engines, data structures and algorithms, programming languages, and
math for computer scientists. His research area is representation of
commonsense knowledge for AI systems, particularly commonsense spatial and
physical knowledge. He has written three books and more than 50 research
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