Project History Since: LIDA Artificial Consciousness and my 2013 PhD Project Proposal Accepted at Birmingham University

In creating and founding a research project effort it is important to to try to impress people who might be motivated to help or take an interest in a project. So here is some history to demonstrate this project’s longevity and development from an interest in artificial consciousness to modelling language understanding.

I think in about 2011 I read an article in New Scientist about “Global Work Space Theory” as a theory to explain consciousness. The article in question went on to describe the work being done at Memphis University on artificial cognition with the IDAand LIDA projects.

In 2013 I managed to get a PhD project proposal accepted at Birmingham University. My original project proposal is available here for download here: Download 2013 PhD Project Original Proposal Sent to Birmngham University.

I originally applied to Dr Bezard Bordbar as my supervisor after I had come across some of his work regarding the translation of free text into UML and OCL. The proposal I have made available for download is my original proposal to Dr Bordbar. I actually re-wrote this initial proposal into a PhD project application which included some input from Dr Bordbar and Dr Mark Lee who agreed to be a joint supervisor on the project with Dr Bordbar. In looking to do this PhD I was hoping to find an industrial partner who would fund me sufficiently so that I could maintain a commercial developer’s salary. This effort was not successful. In frustration I looked at raising funds via kickstarter to create my own research company. Dr Bordbar was reluctant for me to proceed on this basis I think mainly as having to raise funds and do a PhD would be too much to do all at once. We therefore paused or efforts at pursuing this project.

Since 2013 in making this PhD project application I have:

  • Continued to study Artificial Intelligence in my spare-time.
  • Created this website and blog to document the development of my research ideas.
  • Learned a great deal more about many topics periferal to what would be considered mainstream and accepted in the field of artificial intelligence research. I have attempted to do this as I am unlikely to be able to compete with full-time academics by following the mainstream.
  • Created two meetup groups to try to encourage local hobby interest in Artificial Intelligence
  • My original group was Haywards Heath based.

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