The Winner of SAIS best AI Master's Thesis award 2005

We are happy to announce that the winner of the Swedish AI Society's prize for best Master's Thesis 2005 is John Stening, University of Skövde. The title of the Thesis is "Exploring Internal Simulations of Perception in a Mobile Robot using Abstractions" and the supervisors are Henrik Jacobsson and Tom Ziemke from University of Skövde.

The submitted theses were read and evaluated by the SAIS board collectively. A combination of four criteria based on maturity of content, scientific value, writing style, and relevance of the content to the AI topic area, were used to determine the winner. All submitted theses this year were of very high quality although some fell short on one or more of the criteria.

The motivation is: This thesis takes ideas from current research in the cognitive and neural sciences where cognitive agents are hypothesized to internally simulate motor and other perceptual activities to aid in reasoning about the agent's embedded environment and its relation to it. The hypothesis is empirically evaluated in a physical robotic system and the thesis explores the nature of representation and grounding which are central topics in both artificial intelligence and cognitive science.

The thesis work also resulted in a refereed scientific publication:

J. Stening, H. Jacobsson & T. Ziemke (2005). Imagination and Abstraction of Sensorimotor Flow: Towards a Robot Model. In: Proceedings of the AISB 2005 Symposium on Machine Consciousness, April 2005. Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour, UK.

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