Hey, I’m Steven J. Jones and I’m a graduate of John Laird’s Soar Group at the University of Michigan. Currently, I am employed at the Center for Integrated Cognition. I enjoy understanding how people think, to the extent that I can.
Most of my work amounts to adding subsymbolic mechanisms to the Soar cognitive architecture. At a high level, what I care about is human-like or human-level intelligence, but I buy into the idea that there are aspects of our meatware that we do not need to replicate for AI.
I’ve implemented spreading activation, base-level inhibition, and a few other bits in Soar. I recently studied mechanisms for supporting event cognition functionality in Soar, especially in episodic memory. My general underlying focus is on implementing subsymbolic mechanisms which provide new functionality to agents by making different types of knowledge more readily available.
It’s just theory, but I like this one:
And, once upon a time, I thought I was going to be a physicist:
Switching time distributions and scaling behavior in a bistable tunnel diode circuit with adjustable noise intensity -If you like the words “limit cycle annihilation” or “bifurcation types”, have I got a circuit for you.
Noise-induced nucleation in a bistable tunnel diode circuit - Tunnel diode circuits are cool.
Phase diffusion in graphene-based Josephson junctions - Honestly, I only did sample creation and prep for this one.
I was twice a graduate student instructor for Discrete Math at UofM. I actually received an award for it, but more importantly, I received good evaluations from the students. Here’s my favorite:
I originally didn’t plan on attending discussion but I reluctantly went to retrieve my first midterm. Turns out, Steven Jones is hilarious and really knows his stuff, so I kept coming back.
I was an invited speaker at the Merit Member Conference along with Bryan Stearns, another member of the Soar lab. He’s cool.
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