Juyang Weng



SAIL developmental robot

Dav on Aug. 24, 2003


Juyang (John) Weng is a professor of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Michigan State University, a member of the MSU Cognitive Science Program and a member of the MSU Neuroscience Program . His research interests lie in the intersection of the general fields of computer science and engineering, brain science, and cognitive science. He and his coworkers study mental architectures; computational models of autonomous development for vision, audition, touch, behaviors and motivational systems in biological and engineered systems; and techniques that enable and facilitate autonomous development of mental skills. Engineering applications include pattern recognition, computer vision, speech recognition, language processing, robotics, sequential decision-making, and human-computer interactions. He is a co-founder of the Embodied Intelligence Laboratory and a member of the PRIP Laboratory.

From the Popular Press

o (Technology Review) Teachable Robots
o (Detroit Free Press) Possibilities Limitless for MSU's Thinking Robots
o (Lansing State Journal) Dav, A Robotic Soldier, or Just Maybe a MaidAnother related article with a picture.
o (Exploratorium Magazine)  Bringing up Baby 
o (ACM TechNews, US) New Kind of Intelligent Robot Can Learn by Experience
o (KRN, US) Like a Child, "Smart" Robot Learns Gradually appeared in about 30 US newspapers including Detroit Free Press, Philadelphia Inquirer, and San Jose Mercury News.
o (Boiler Magazine, Italy) La mente del robot (The Mind of Robot)
o (TP, Singapore) Bring on the Intelligent Robot
o (Telepolis, Germany) Lernen wie die Kinder (Learn like a Child)
o (UPI, USA) Robot Learns Like a Child 
o (BBC, UK) Time for Real Intelligence? 

Events

o The Brain-Mind Institute 2014: summer school and International Conference on Brain-Mind, June 16 - August 1, 2014.
o The Brain-Mind Workshop 2013, Fudan University, Shanghai, China.
o AMD Newsletter Vol. 9, No. 2, Fall 2013.
o ICDL-EpiRob 2013 Tutorial: Introduction to Computational Brain-Mind, Osaka, Japan, August 18, 2013.
o Obama's BRAIN Initiative, Opportunities, and Resistence from the Status Quo, IJCNN 2013 Special Session on Mind, Brain, and Cognitive Algorithms, Dallas TX, August 7, 2013.
o Obama's BRAIN Initiative and Multidisciplineary Education, IJCNN 2013 Panel on Teaching Cognitive Science and Computational Intelligence, Dallas TX, August 6, 2013.
o Emotion in Brain-Inspired Developmental Networks, IJCNN 2013 Panel on Higher Emotionon, Dallas TX, August 5, 2013.
o IJCNN 2013 Tutorial: Natural and Artificial Intelligence: Introduction to Computational Brain-Mind, Dallas TX, August 4, 2013.
o BMI 2013, June 17 - Aug. 2, and the International Conference on Brain-Mind 2013, July 27-28, East Lansing, MI.
o AMD Newsletter Vol. 9, No. 1, Spring 2013.
o The Brain-Mind Workshop 2012, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
o New book: J. Weng, Natural and Artificial Intelligence: Introduction to Computational Brain-Mind, published by BMI Press, Nov. 2012.
o AMD Newsletter Vol. 8, No. 2, Fall 2012.
o AMD Newsletter Vol. 8, No.2, Fall 2012.
o WCCI wide tutorial 2012: Computational Brain-Mind: From Biology, Neuroscience, Psychology, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Mathematics.
o The Brain-Mind-Magazine is a new kind of magazine which publishes public oriented articles on inner working of single brains and ways multiple brains work together. Created June 2012.
o AMD Newsletter Vol. 8, No.1, April 2012.
o Tutorial: Understanding the (5+1)-Chunk Brain-Mind Model Requires 6-Discipline Knowledge, presented at the Brain-Mind Workshop, Dec. 19-20, 2011.
o The Brain-Mind Workshop 2011, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
o The Brain-Mind Institute is a new kind of institute, located at MSU with international participation. Its website was operational, Sept. 15, 2011.
o The slides of my talk that discussed political, research, the peer-review problems in US and China: "Science Should Expend Its Horizon: Suggestions to the US and Chinese Governments", NSF Workshop on US-China Collaborations, Arlington, Virginia, May 23-24, 2011.
o My discussion about the new developmental science (Science of Organizations) including research, management, economy and society: "Through the Symbol-Grounding Problem See the Two Largest Hindrances of Science", AMD Newsletter, Vol. 8, No. 1 , April 2011.
o IJCNN 2011 Panel: Brain-Mind Architectures: Module-Free, General Purpose and Immediate Learning
o IJCNN 2011 Special Session: Brain-Mind Architectures and Learning Mechanisms
o AMD Newsletter Vol. 7, No.2, Oct. 2011. Dialog initiation: "Are Natural Languages Symbolic in the Brain?"
o Decade of the Mind VI. Speakers
o IJCNN 2010 Panel: "Between Bottom-up and Top-down What is `the Much in Between'?" with email discussion.
o Special session: "Mental Architecture and Representation", IJCNN 2010
o AMD Newsletter Vol. 7, No.1, April 2011. Developmental Stereo to appear in TAMD
o Tutorial: "General-Purpose Vision Architecture, Invairance, Attention, and Reasoning", CVPR 2010, Tutorial slides.
o AMD Newsletter Vol 6, No. 2, October 2009. AMD Principles: Have We Passed “Black Art”?
o The creation of the IEEE Transactions on Autonsomous Mental Development and its inaugural issue, May 2009
o AMD Newsletter Vol 6, No. 1, April 2009. LCA to appear in TAMD
o IEEE 8th International Conference on Development and Learning (ICDL'08), Shanghai, China, June 4-7, 2009
o AMD Newsletter Vol 5, No. 2, October 2008. "“Killer” Applications for Developmental Robotics and Humans: Muddy Tasks"
o AMD Newsletter Vol 5, No. 1, April 2008. "How the Mind Works and How the Brain Develops"
o INNS Symposia: New directions in Neural Networks (INNS-NNN) - Modeling the Brain and Nervous Systems , Auckland, NZ, November 24-25, 2008.
o The 7th International Conference on Development and Learning (ICDL'08), Montery, California, August 9-12, 2008
o AMD Newsletter Vol 4, No. 2, October 2007. Reply to Dialog: “Should Robots Develop as Human Infants Do?”
o AMD Newsletter Vol 4, No. 1, April 2007. Glossary: Genomic equivalence
o The 6th International Conference on Development and Learning (ICDL'07), London, UK, July 11-13, 2007
o AMD Newsletter Vol 3, No. 2, November 2006. What Does the Biological Brain Tell Us About Development?
o Special Issue on Autonomous Mental Development in the International Journal of Humanoid Robotics
o IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine feature article, "From Neural Networks to the Brain: Autonomous Mental Development," August 2006
o Tutorial: Biologically Motivated Mental Architectures, WCCI 2006, Vancouver, BC Canada, July 16, 2006
o The Special Session on Autonomous Mental Development of WCCI 2006, Vancouver, BC Canada, July 16-21, 2006
o The 5th International Conference on Development and Learning (ICDL'06), Bloomington, IN, USA, May 31 - June 3, 2006
o AMD Newsletter Vol 3, No. 1, April, 2006. Weng's term as the 1st AMD TC Chair ended. Brian Scaz was appointed for the position.
o AMD Newsletter Vol 2, No. 2, October, 2005. Audition and Language are Tightly Intertwined in Autonomous Development.
o The 4th International Conference on Development and Learning (ICDL'05), Osaka, Japan, July 19-21, 2005
o The 5th International Workshop on Epigenetic Robotics, Nara, Japan, July 22-24, 2005
o AMD Newsletter Vol 2, No. 1, April, 2005. Motivation-free and Motivational Systems
o The Establishment of the ICDL Governing Board, January 2005
o AMD Newsletter Vol 1, No. 2, October, 2004. Dialog: Object Detection and Object Variance in Autonomous Mental Development
o Special Issue on Autonomous Mental Development in the IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation. Papers due March 15, 2005
o Tutorial "Autonomous Mental Development by Robots and Animals" at Dept. of Computer Science, Wayne State University, Sept. 28, 2004
o 2005 AAAI Spring Symposiums, Developmental Robotics Symposium, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, March 21-23, 2005
o The creation of AMD Newsletter: the inaugural issue: AMD Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 1, April 2004
o The creation of International Journal of Humanoid Robotics and its inaugural issue, April 2004
o The 3rd International Conference on Development and Learning (ICDL'04), San Diego, Oct. 20-22, 2004
o IJCNN'04 Tutorial: Autonomous Mental Development: A New Frontier for Computational Intelligence, July 25, 2004
o The creation of the Autonomous Mental Development Technical Committee of  the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, Feb. 2004.  Locally maintained AMD TC web pages for 2008 - present.  A history: locally maintained AMD TC web pages for 2004 - 2005. 
o IEEE Neural Networks Society changed its name to IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, Feb. 2004
o IEEE Connections: "The brain is not only an information processor, but also ... ", 
     with the feature article: "Autonomous Mental Development: A New Frontier for Computational Intelligence." Nov. 2003
o ACCV'04 Tutorial: "Developmental Vision," Jan. 2004 
o One Book, One Community event:   Panel session.  "What Makes Us Human?" East Lansing Public Library, 7:00 p.m.  Oct. 2, 2003 
o New Journal: International Journal of Humanoid Robotics
o The 2nd International Workshop on Epigenetic Robotics: Modeling Cognitive Development in Robotic Systems, Edinburgh, Scotland, August 10-11, 2002
o The 2nd International Conference on Development and Learning (ICDL'02), held at MIT, Cambridge, MA, June 12-15, 2002
o Science At The Edge Seminars, MSU, Fall 2001
o IJCAI-2001 Workshop on Reasoning with Uncertainty in Robotics, Seattle, Washington, August 4-5, 2001
o MSU Intelligent Robot Distinguished Lecture Series
o Creation of Mental Development Repository (www.mentaldev.org), Dec. 2000
o NSF/DARPA Workshop on Development and Learning (WDL), held at Michigan State University, April 2000

More Information

o A Short Technical Biography
o Curriculum vita
o Research
o Teaching
o Technology transfer

Some Links

o AAAI Vision page . Also, AAAI topic page about ``AI: Artificial Intelligence,'' a new movie .
o Agentland.com.
o Cog humanoid robot at MIT.
o Cres Corporation providing service for robot mental development, machine learning and data mining.
o Dynamic Brain (DB) project and humanoid robot at ATR.
o Expo 21XX .
o Fujitsu miniature humanoid robot HOAP-1.
o Honda humanoid robot Asimo.
o Humanoid robots at Waseda University.
o Mental Development Repository: www.mentaldev.org
o Osaka University's Repliee Q1
o Robonaut at NASA.
o Robotics Who's Who maintained by machinebrain.com .
o SAIL developmental robot at MSU.
o Sony AIBO dog robots.
o Wall climber robots at MSU.

Contact Information

Prof. Juyang (John) Weng
Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering
428 South Shaw Lane, Room 3115
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1027 
USA
Tel & FAX: 517-353-4388
E-mail: weng at cse.msu.edu
http://www.cse.msu.edu/~weng/
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