Faculty Interest Inventory
Office for Research
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Professor & Department Head
Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS)
Selmer Bringsjord specializes in the logico-mathematical and philosophical foundations of articial intelli-
gence (AI) and cognitive science, and in collaboratively building AI systems on the basis of computational
logic. Though he spends considerable \engineering" time in pursuit of ever-smarter computing machines,
he claims that \armchair" reasoning time has enabled him to deduce that the human mind will forever be
superior to such machines.
Bringsjord received the bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and the PhD from Brown
University, where he studied under Roderick Chisholm. Bringsjord is not unhappy about the apparent
fact that he is through Chisholm an intellectual descendant of Leibniz, many of whose views to a high
degree align with his own, and whose interest in a rather wide range of intellectual matters matches his own
trans-disciplinary modus operandi.
Bringsjord has long been on faculty at America's oldest technological university: Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute (RPI) in Troy; where he currently holds appointments in the Department of Cognitive Science, the
Department of Computer Science, and the Lally School of Management & Technology, and where as a Full
Professor he teaches AI, formal logic, human and machine reasoning, philosophy of AI, other topics relating
to formal logic, and the intellectual history of New York City and the Hudson Valley. Funding for his r&d
has come from the Luce Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Templeton Foundation, AT&T,
IBM, Apple, AFRL, ARDA/DTO/IARPA, ONR, DARPA, AFOSR, and other sponsors. Bringsjord has
consulted to and advised many companies in the general realm of intelligent systems, and continues to do
PhD, Philosophy. Brown University
2004 Trustees (Annual) Outstanding Achievement Award (scholarly productivity)
The 1995 Hesburgh Award (member of winning Rensselaer team; for excellence in undergraduate
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