A mathematician turned computer scientist turning cognitive scientist, Stan Franklin
is the W. Harry Feinstone Interdisciplinary Research Professor at the University of
Memphis, and co-Director of the Institute for Intelligent Systems. His research is
motivated by wanting to know how minds work: human minds, animal minds and, particularly,
artificial minds. For some years he's worked on "conscious" software agents, that
is, autonomous agents modeling a psychological theory of consciousness. These agents,
controlled by the LIDA comprehensive cognitive architecture, model human and animal
cognition and provide testable hypotheses for cognitive scientists and neuroscientists.
This endeavor, funded by the US Navy, has been the subject of some sixty papers in
scientific journals and conference proceedings. Stan’s graduate degrees are from UCLA,
his undergraduate degree from the University of Memphis. He has authored or co-authored
over a hundred a hundred and fifty academic papers as well as a book entitled Artificial
Minds published by MIT Press, which was a primary selection of the Library of Science
book club, and has been translated into Japanese and Portuguese.