SC State Instructor serves as Keynote Speaker during International Technology Conference

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Dr. Stevo BozinovskiSC State Mathematics and Computer Technology instructor, Dr. Stevo Bozinovski, will serve a keynote speaker during the 2008 Information Technology Revolutions conference in Venice, Italy on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008.

The 2008 Information Technology Revolutions conference, sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, explores new and exciting topics within the areas of computer science and information technology.

In November 2008, Bozinovski was invited to attend the conference and serve as keynote speaker. His topic, “Beyond Artificial Intelligence, toward Engineered Psychology,” will address the origin and future of artificial intelligence in robots and computers.

“I want to answer the question: What is the boundary of artificial intelligence and where it is going as a field,” said Bozinovski.

Artificial intelligence, a prominent area within the field of computer science, is the use of computers to model the behavioral aspects of human reasoning and learning. Through his topic, Bozinovski seeks to explain the shift of artificial intelligence to artificial psychology, which includes complete emotions, motivations and personalities of robots.

“Thus far computers and robots have cognitive abilities such as understanding basic intelligence; however there is a shift to the complete psychology of robots that I hope to address,” added Bozinovski.

As a pioneer in the study of artificial emotions and feelings, Bozinovski began his research on the topic more than 27 years ago when he wrote and published his first paper.

“My contribution to this study is that there are many ways to operate a robot. One approach is similar to the way humans are controlled which is neural networks, except in this case it’s called artificial neural networks,” said Bozinovski. “I saw an interest in this area and decided to pursue it,” added Bozinovski.

In 2006, SC State added the Neuroinformatics and Brain-Computer Interface course as an advance selection option for students within the Computer Science curriculum. The course covers information regarding processing systems in neural systems and includes brain-computer interface and brain-robot interface, which relates to Bozinovski’s research.

Bozinovski obtained his degrees from the University of Zagreb, Croatia. His extended education and research includes work for IBM in Bayreuth, Germany, Adaptive Networks Group of the COINS department, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA, Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan, and Robocop team of Behavior Engineering Group of the German Institute for Information technologies (GMD) in Germany. His academic career as professor started at University Sts Cyril and Methodius, in Skopje, Macedonia.

Bozinovski’s research work was devoted toward revolutionary approach in solving problems in science. His pioneering works in science include: solving delayed reinforcement learning problem for neural networks (1981), introducing concept of state evaluation, feelings and emotions in neural networks (1981), introducing metaphor on robotics and flexible manufacturing in genetics (1986), controlling robots using Electroencephalography (EEG),the measurement of electrical activity produced by the brain as recorded from electrodes placed on the scalp and Electrooculography (EOG), a technique for measuring the resting potential of the retina, signals (1988, 1989), introducing metaphor of operating systems in genetics (2000), and proposing explicit mathematical model that relates emotion, motivation, and behavior (2002).

Currently he is a principal investigator for a project on Neuroscience and Brain-Computer Interface funded by a $1 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).