Miscellaneous Info

Media Coverage

New Scientist
Consciousness: Why we need to build sentient machines  by Celeste Biever
24 May 2013

New Scientist
Storytelling software learns how to tell a good tale  by Hal Hodson
08 December 2012

New Scientist
Bot shows signs of consciousness  by Celeste Biever
28 April 2011

New Scientist
When should we give rights to robots?  Editorial
01 April 2011

New Scientist
Picking our brains: Can we make a conscious machine?  by Celeste Biever
06 April 2010

New Scientist
Innovation: Artificial brain for sale  by Celeste Biever
06 February 2009

Spring comes to AI winter  by Heather Havenstein
February 14, 2005

New Scientist
I, computer  by Igor Aleksander
19 July 2003

Java World
An introduction to agents  by Todd Sundsted
June 1, 1998

The Edge of Reality interview
Radio talk show hosted  by Ken Dashow
May 30, 1998 9-10 pm

MSNBC Technology
Week of May 23, 1998

PC Magazine
June 1998 issue

New Scientist
Can a machine see red? Considers the limits of the artificial mind.   by Stuart Sutherland
07 October 1995


Current students

Ryan McCall
Dr. Steve Strain
Daqi Dong
Nisrine Ait Khayi
Pulin Agrawal
Rodrigo Silva


Completed doctoral work

Three of these students have their degrees from IIT Kanpur (often called the MIT of India), four from Carnegie Mellon, and thirteen from the University of Memphis.

1. Arvind Kumar Mishra, Spaces in which Gd sets are open. Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, June 1970.

Dr. Mishra held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Amsterdam where he worked with J. de Groot. Some of his subsequent researches have concerned Wallman compactifications.

2. J. K. Kohli, Open extension of functions, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, August 1970.

Dr. Kohli has worked on various kinds of extensions of maps – open, closed, compact, monotone. He’s on the faculty of Hindu College, University of Delhi.

3. Peter Nyikos, N-compact spaces, Carnegie-Mellon University, April 1971.

Dr. Nyikos was my “genius” student. His thesis solved the best known and most oft attempted open problem in categorical topology. He held an NSF postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago and subsequently faculty positions at the University of Illinois, at Auburn University, and now at the University of South Carolina. He’s continued to produce one piece of significant research after another.

4. Wagish Shukla, On Top Categories, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, August 1971.

Dr. Shukla is a professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. He’s helping to pioneer the new field of categorical automata theory. He’s recently been on leave at the University of Paris.

5. R. C. Walker, On the Stone-Cech Compactification, Carnegie-Mellon University, May 1972.

Dr. Walker’s dissertation, published in book form by Springer (Ergebnisse der Mathematik und Threr Gvenzgebiete Band 83), has been both glowingly reviewed and widely referenced.

6. Gregory Naber, Problems from the theory of coverings, dimension theory and cardinal invariants, Carnegie-Mellon University, August, 1973.

Dr. Naber’s massive dissertation was one of the early volumes accepted by University Microfilms, August, 1973.

7. Steven Purisch, The Orderability and Suborderability of Topological Spaces, Carnegie-Mellon University, August, 1972.

The major results of Dr. Purisch’s dissertation were published in the Transactions of the American Mathematical Society. He has continued to publish actively.

8. Ananda K. Gubbi, On a Class of Projective Spaces, University of Memphis, May 1984.

9. John Harris, Hypertext as a learning tool, University of Memphis August 1990.

Dr. Harris has been awarded several postdoctoral fellowships, and is currently at Lemoyne-Owen College.

10. Lijia Zhou, Character Recognition Agents, (An artificial life application to handwritten character recognition) University of Memphis, August 1996.

11. Hongjun Song, (Control Structures for Software Agents) University of Memphis, May 1998.

Dr. Song is employed at FedEx Corporation in Memphis, and teaches Computer Science part-time at the University of Memphis.

12. Myles Bogner (“Consciousness in Software Agents) University of Memphis, 1999.

13. Zhaohua Zhang, (Perception and Metacognition in Software Agents) University of Memphis, 2000.

14. Lee McCauley (Neural Schema) University of Memphis, 2001.

Dr. McCauley for several years was an assistant professor of Computer Science at the University of Memphis, before joining Asynchrony, Inc. in St. Louis.

15. Ashraf Anwar (Applying distributed memory to associative memory in software agents) University of Memphis 2002.

Dr. Anwar is currently an assistant professor at the Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait.

16. Arpad Kelemen (Constraint Catisfaction in Software Agents) University of Memphis 2002.

Dr. Kelemen is curently an associate professor at the School of Nursing of the University of Maryland. Frequently in collaboration with his wife, Y. Liang, he continues to publish  his research actively.

17. Uma Ramamurthy (Designing Memory Systems For “Conscious” Software Agents) University of Memphis 2004.

Dr. Ramamurthy is an Assistant Professor & Director of Research Informatics in the Department of Pediatrics at the Baylor College of Medicine. She also continues as an active post-doctoral researcher with the Cognitive Computing Research Group.

18. Aregehan Negatu (Dynamic Decision Making and the Role of “Consciousness” for a Software Agent System) University of Memphis, 2006.

19. Sidney D’Mello (Affect Measurement by Man and Machine) University of Memphis, 2009.

Dr. D’Mello is an assistant professor of both Psychology and Computer Science at Notre Dame University. He continues to publish actively.

20. Javier Snaider (Integer Sparse Distributed Memory and Modular Composite Representation) University of Memphis, 2012.

Dr. Snaider works for Google in Mountain View, CA. He also continues as an active post-doctoral researcher with the Cognitive Computing Research Group.