Introduction To Course
Who is the instructor?
How is the course organized?
What is the course about?
Michael R.W. Dawson
PhD from University of Western Ontario
Research interests in foundations of cognitive science, artificial neural networks, embodied cognitive science
Research methods include computer simulation and LEGO robot fabrication
For details about my research, go to my home web page
Dawson has published several books on cognitive science
He posts cognitive science material at Twitter.com/mrwdawson
To introduce some aspects of embodied cognitive science, and contrast it with classical cognitive science
To expose to the differences between synthetic and analytic methodologies in cognitive science
To provide hands-on experience with embodied cognitive science via robot construction
Course WWW Support
There is extensive web site support for this course.
Notices to class (on home page)
Links to relevant material on other sites
Final paper worth 40%
Consult with me about topics, the earlier the better
Three media reviews
Reaction paper, 3-5 pages, on variety of material described in the syllabus
Robot project worth 20%
Usually done in groups of 2 or 3 students, involves building, programming, and describing a LEGO robot; done mostly outside of class time
Class participation worth 10%
Check the syllabus for the schedule!
Shapiro, L. A. (2011). Embodied Cognition. New York: Routledge
Dawson, M.R.W., Dupuis, B., & Wilson, M. (2010). From Bricks To Brains: The Embodied Cognitive Science of LEGO Robots, Athabasca University Press
What is this course about?
It is an introduction to embodied cognitive science, and attempts to use the synthetic approach to teach this material
Let us start by watching a short video, and a longer movie, to get into the spirit of the course