Advisory Board

Professor Benjamin Kuipers

Benjamin Kuipers, Ph.D., FAAAI, FIEEE, FAAAS joined the University of Michigan in January 2009 as Professor of Computer Science and Engineering. Prior to that, he held an endowed Professorship in Computer Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his B.A. from Swarthmore College, and his Ph.D. from MIT.
Ben investigates the representation of commonsense and expert knowledge, with particular emphasis on the effective use of incomplete knowledge. His research accomplishments include developing the TOUR model of spatial knowledge in the cognitive map, the QSIM algorithm for qualitative simulation, the Algernon system for knowledge representation, and the Spatial Semantic Hierarchy model of knowledge for robot exploration and mapping. He has served as Department Chair at UT Austin, and is a Fellow of AAAI, IEEE, and AAAS.
He authored Qualitative Reasoning: Modeling and Simulation with Incomplete Knowledge, Qualitative Simulation, Modeling Spatial Knowledge, The Spatial Semantic Hierarchy, Commonsense reasoning about causality: deriving behavior from structure, The “map in the head” metaphor, and Toward Bootstrap Learning of the Foundations of Commonsense Knowledge, and coauthored A robot exploration and mapping strategy based on a semantic hierarchy of spatial representations, Navigation and mapping in large scale space, Causal reasoning in medicine: analysis of a protocol, and Model-Based Monitoring of Dynamic Systems. Read the full list of his publications!
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