The initial notice for BAA 05-18 is hereby revised to add Thrust D. The announcement sections indicated below are modified as follows. Please note that the remainder of the announcement is unchanged. Also included is an addendum to the Proposer Information Pamphlet (PIP) which adds Thrust D and details its requirements. Sections A.VI.a. and B.IV.3 -- extend the initial closing due date for proposals from 1 APR 2005 until 20 APR 2005.Section B. -- revise to include Thrust D as indicated. For further information, please see the addendum to the PIP. 1.1 PROGRAM OBJECTIVES Phase 1 of this program has four parallel thrusts. Thrust A seeks to make dramatic advances in the breadth and performance of cognitive models based primarily on modeling the functional psychological components of cognition. Thrust B seeks to develop neurobiologically-inspired theories, designs, and resulting architecture(s). Thrust C seeks development of a framework evaluating implementations of the cognitive architectures created in Thrusts A and B. Thrust D seeks to drive the creation of new classes of representations and techniques for automatically generating usable knowledge from real-world experiences in focused problem domains. Each of these thrusts is discussed in Section 2, below. Potential bidders must also review the BAA?s Proposer Information Pamphlet (PIP) for further detail. 1.2 PROGRAM SCOPE This program consists of two phases. This BAA is for Phase 1 only, which will span 13 months. Within Phase 1 Thrusts A and B, are three sequential tasks: (1) Theory Development, (2) Technical Exchange, and (3) Architecture Development. The first task will have a duration of six months. The second task ? a series of technical exchange meetings common to all thrusts ? will span a period of about one month. The third task within each thrust will have a duration of six months. Thrust C Task 1 involves the creation of a ?cognitive decathalon? and Task 3 is focused on defining a set of challenge problems for Phase II. Thrust D has two concurrent tasks: Task 1 is directed at creating architectures, theories, and conducting focused experiments; Task 2 will design test and evaluation methods for the products of Task 1. Thrust D teams will also participate in the technical exchange.2. TECHNICAL APPROACH It is the goal of Thrust A to design computational models of human cognition by modeling functions of the human mind such as (1) perception and attention, (2) learning and memory, and (3) decision making and problem solving. DARPA is seeking cognitive models that result in human-like behavior on real world problems that are not merely ?toy? problems. In Thrust B, DARPA seeks a dramatic improvement in our understanding of the brain?s functions and processes. Initially, we seek a major leap in the performance of traditional AI systems by augmenting and informing their designs with neuroscience principles. We expect to develop a global theory of cognition and one or more neurobiologically-inspired, integrated cognitive architectures. DARPA is seeking the development of an evaluation framework, Thrust C, for the cognitive architectures developed under Thrusts A and B. Two test batteries will be developed: a suite of tests of individual cognitive functions and a set of challenge problems that require the integrated use of multiple cognitive functions. Thrust D is aimed at determining the mechanisms, techniques, representations, architectures, and processing used in human cognition to guide development of computational systems that can respond as robustly, appropriately, and creatively as humans. While Thrust A seeks relatively complete models of human cognition, including episodic memory and episodic learning, along with the other capabilities essential to human cognition, Thrust D seeks architectures and models of Experience-Based Learning focusing on the concept and schema formation aspects of that phenomenon based on cognitive experiments designed to provide insight into human computational mechanisms that could prove useful in machine cognition. Test and evaluation methods for use in Phase II will also be developed under Thrust D, including an experiential training data base and the representation(s) and format(s) to provide to researchers and system developers, and a systematic test and evaluation process.
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Eligible functional categories:
Research and Technology Development
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