is a site dedicated to news from fields including A.I., computational linguistics, robotics, developmental psychology, machine learning, and cognitive science, with special focus on language-related technologies.

This site also provides information about Experience-Based Language Acquisition (EBLA), the software system that I developed as part of my dissertation research at the LSU Department of Computer Science.

Brian E. Pangburn
May 27, 2003

The Magical Number Seven

News seems to be slow lately in the world of language modeling so I thought I'd post a "classic".

The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two: Some Limits on our Capacity for Processing Information was written by George A. Miller at Harvard University and was first published in 1956 in Psychological Review. In very general terms, it discusses perception and the ability to distinguish among variations in stimuli.

While it can be found in many places, the particular link that I chose is part of a larger collection of classics in the history of psychology.

FAQ's Galore

Came across The Internet FAQ Consortium today, which currently contains 3971 Frequently Asked Questions lists for the Usenet.

Here are a few with relevance for this site:

Teaching Robots to Speak

This article from The Miami Herald discusses the work that Luc Steels is doing with Sony ABIO robots to teach them a basic vocabulary. By pre-programming the robots with a few words, Steels is able to teach them new words through dialog.

The article is also available from National Geographic here

As a side note, a good article on robot SDK's including the one for the AIBO can be found here.

"Living" Robot Escapes!

This article from The Age, discusses how one of Noel Sharkey's robots named Gaak escaped from a survival of the fittest test.

Gaak had been set aside for minor repairs when it decided to make a run for it. Gaak was later discovered on the edge of the parking lot.

The story was also covered by Slashdot here.

Articles on Cognition & Consciousness has reprinted a few good AI articles.

The first, by David Chalmers, is entitled A Computational Foundation for the Study of Cognition.

The second, by Daniel Dennett, is entitled Consciousness in Human and Robot Minds.

If you haven't visited Ray Kurzweil's site,, it is definitely worth a visit. Not only is it a very interesting AI site with lots of information, it is probably the sharpest looking AI site on the web.

Orange County Memorial Ride for Steve Seiden

Mark Fluss and Brian Ignatin have organized an Orange County Memorial Ride for Steve Seiden on Saturday, June 29, 2002 at 10:00 AM leaving from the flag poles next to the UC Irvine Administration Building.

Any and all are welcome to attend.

A Bit of Downtime...

The site was down from about 4am to 8am CST today (6-20-2002). A script on the web server updated Apache to fix an exploit, but did not restart it. It required a manual restart when we got to the office.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

ArgoUML 0.10 Released

I received notification the other day that ArgoUML 0.10 has been released. ArgoUML is an open source, Java-based cognitive CASE tool for designing software using UML (Unified Modeling Language).

Computers that Use Pattern Recognition to Sense Emotion

This article from the Los Angeles Times discusses the work of Javier Movellan, a psychologist at the Machine Perception Laboratory at UC San Diego, who is training computers to recognize various emotions.

Alternate Method To Make A Donation

Some people have been asking if there is a way to donate to the Memorial Fund for Dr. Steve Seiden by check rather than through PayPal.

I am in the process of setting up a bank account to receive all of the donations.

Checks for the account may be made out to "Dr. Steve Seiden Memorial Fund".

Please do not send cash or checks made out to "cash".

Please send your donation to:

Dr. Steve Seiden Memorial Fund

c/o The Pangburn Company, Inc.

P.O. Box 900

New Roads, LA 70760-0900

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