Justin Brody

Associate ProfessorComputer Science

Justin Brody has been guided by twin passions in his academic life: the beauty of mathematics and the mysteries of the human mind. He has explored both of these throughout his career.   As an undergraduate he studied both  computer science and mathematics, where his primary interest was in artificial intelligence.  After graduating he took temporary monastic vows at Gampo Abbey where he was able to explore ideas about the human mind from a philosophical and experiential standpoint.  Returning to Maryland, he enrolled in courses in philosophy and cognitive science while pursuing his doctorate in pure mathematics.  More recently, he spent the 2015-6 academic year at the University of Maryland's Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, where he was able to deepen his engagement with artificial intelligence.

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Research, Scholarship, Creative Work in Progress

My current research is focused on mathematical models of self, particularly how such can shed light on questions of consciousness and fundamental human experience.  In particular, my group is exploring computational models of self-knowledge in video-game playing agents; a dynamic self-referential form of temporal logic; and extensions to “the Good Regulator Theorem”, a fundamental result in cybernetics.

 

Publications

“Operationalizing Consciousness” Perlis, Don, and Justin Brody. 2019 Association forthe Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Spring Symposium Series. 2019.

“Buddhism and AI”. 2018 Woodenfish Conference on Buddhism and Technology, Shenzhen, China.

Gregory M. Gremillion, Donavanik, Danieil, Neubauer, Catherine E., Justin D. Brody, and Kristin E. Schaefer. “Estimating Human State from Simulated Assisted Driving with Stochastic Filtering Techniques.” Advances in Human Factors in Simulation and Modeling: Proceedings of the AHFE 2018 International Conferences on Human Factors and Simulation and Digital Human Modeling and Applied Optimization, Held on July2125, 2018, in Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida, USA. Vol. 780. Springer, 2018.

“Relevance and Redundancy as Selection Techniques for Human-Autonomy Sensor Fusion.” with Anna Dixon, Daniel Donavanik and William Nothwang. 2017 IEEE Conference on Multisensor Fusion and Integration for Intelligent Systems (also a journal paper in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering).

“Key Features for an Enactive Model of a Minimal Self.” with Jared Shamwell, Donald Perlis and William Nothwang. 2017 Workshop on the Development of the Self.

“DeepEfference for Self-Aware Robotics.” with Jared Shamwell, Donald Perlis and William Nothwang. 2017 Workshop on the Development of the Self.

“The Internal Reasoning of Robots.” with Donald Perlis, Sarit Krauss and Michael Miller. 2017 Conference on Commonsense Reasoning.

“An Enactive Self-Model for Sparse Representations and Improved Performance.”  2017 Brazilian Conference on Intelligent Systems.

“Learning Knowledge of Agency” with Samuel Levin and Samuel Shapiro. Presented at the 2017 Workshop on Self-Aware Computing.

Brody, Justin.  "Full Amalgamation Classes with ∃-Resolutions”, (submitted). Preprint is here.

Brody, Justin.  "Full Amalgamation Classes with Intrinsic Transcendentals", (submitted). Preprint is here.

Brody, Justin, et al. "Reasoning with Grounded Self-Symbols for Human-Robot Interaction." 2016 AAAI Fall Symposium Series. 2016.

Brody, Justin. "The Enacted KOAN–An Agent's Knowledge of Agency." Procedia Computer Science 88 (2016): 211-216.

Brody, Justin, Perlis, D, and Shamwell, J.  “Who’s Talking – – Efference Copy and a Robot’s Sense of Agency”, 2015 Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Fall Symposium Series. 2015.

Brody, Justin. "Neural Networks, Human Perception and Modern Buddhism" 2014 AAAI Fall Symposium Series. 2014.

Brody, Justin, Michael T. Cox, and Donald Perlis. "Incorporating Elements of a Processual Self into Active Logic." 2014 AAAI Spring Symposium Series. 2014.

Brody, Justin, Michael T. Cox, and Donald Perlis. "The processual self as cognitive unifier." Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the International Association for Computing and Philosophy. 2013.

Brody, Justin, and M. C. Laskowski. "On rational limits of Shelah-Spencer graphs." Journal of Symbolic Logic 77.2 (2012): 580-592.

Invited Talks

“Enaction, Convolution and  Conceptualism:  A Rough Blueprint for Robot Enlightenment”.  Presented in March 2019 to the Philadelphia Area Buddhist Studies Group.

“Buddhism and AI”. 2018 Woodenfish Conference on Buddhism and Technology, Shenzhen, China.

Invited participant to workshop on Logic and Random Graphs at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands.  More information is here.

Invited talk on “Full Amalgamation Classes with Existential Resolutions”  New York Logic Seminar, March 2016.