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SIGNAL Résumé de rapport

Project ID: IST-2000-29225
Financé au titre de: FP5-IST
Pays: Germany

Systemic architecture / Systemic intelligence

The ideas of systemic intelligence provide a set of methodologies and paradigms that are, beside other advantages, suitable for constructing control systems that are capable of growing up.

In particular the promising methods of Systemic Architecture, Schedule of Structural Development, Memory Organization and Rules for Learning and Adaptation are presented and discussed with respect to grow up an artifact.

Of special interest is the concept of "growth" in the sense of "growing up" from a kind of infantile stage to a fully matured entity. To grow up an artifact from an infantile stage via a sequence of learned abilities to a fully matured entity is still a feature of life not yet sufficiently transposed onto technical systems.

To enable the capability to "grow up" artifacts, a set of methodologies and principles is presented in this paper. The developed methodologies are already implemented into physically existing test beds that operate, adapt (and grow up) in real time and in the real world to prove that the proposed approach is feasible under real conditions. Two realizations (robot control, audio signal processing) of a systemic architecture for an up-growing system are working.

Systemic intelligence is an idea to build the bridge between subsymbolic representation of knowledge (neural networks, fuzzy control, fuzzy logic, rules, differential equations, ...) and symbolic described capabilities (goals, reasoning, behaviour, intention, ...). The intelligent behaviour shown by living systems, and some technical artifacts is neither the consequence of the symbolic description of their tasks, nor the consequence of the subsymbolic representation of information.

We postulate that intelligent behaviour arise only if the design of the system has been performed adequate.

The major key features of systemic intelligent system design are listed below:
- Systemic architecture,
- Adaptive building blocks,
- Schedule of structural development,
- Rules for learning and adaptation,
- Memory organization for knowledge and reasoning.

Although there is a high interaction between the building blocks, each one is responsible for a specialized task and will therefore be trained using an individually shaped learning- and adaptation-scheme with respect to the knowledge and the experience acquired by the artifact.

The complete process is governed by the {schedule of structural development} with respect to interaction with the environment the artifact resides in and with respect to the task the artifact is supposed to learn.

The initial design of this Systemic Architecture together with the schedule of development is the "genotype" defining the potential of the artefact. Individual experience during the process of growing will lead to individual "phenotypes" of that entity. Growing up means that the artefact has a process of ontogenesis throughout its operation time.

The concept of Systemic Intelligence, and it’s realisation for control (Systemic Architecture) is a novel and powerful approach to building intelligent designed systems.


Nils GOERKE, (Researcher/Lecturer)
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