Igor Aleksander

Igor Aleksander

Igor Aleksander (1937) is an emeritus professor of Neural Systems Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London.

Life and work

Igor Alexander was educated in Italy and South Africa, arriving in the UK in the late 1950s. He became Head of Electrical Engineering and Gabor Professor of Neural Systems Engineering at Imperial College in 1988. He was made a Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering (1988), and he served as Pro-rector of External Relations at Imperial College (1997).

He has worked on neuromodelling of the visual system in primates, visuo-verbal system in humans, modelling the effect of anaesthetics on awareness, and the meaning of artificial consciousness. He designed one of the first neural pattern recognition systems, the WISARD (marketed by CRS, Wokingham) in the 1980s. [ [http://www.npg.org.uk/live/search/person.asp?LinkID=mp10120 Igor Aleksander (1937-), Head of Intelligent and Interactive Systems at Imperial College] , retrieved 17 April 2008.]

See also

* Artificial consciousness
* Artificial Imagination
* Cybernetics Society
* Journal of Consciousness Studies
* Philosophy of artificial intelligence
* Strong AI
* Superintelligence

elected Publications

* 2005, "The World in My Mind, My Mind In The World: Key Mechanisms of Consciousness in Humans, Animals and Machines"published by Imprint Academic, ISBN 1845400216.
* 1996, "Impossible Minds: My neurons, My Consciousness" published by Imperial College Press ISBN 1-86094-036-6.
* 2000, "How to Build a Mind", London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson

* 1994, K. Warwick. "Weightless brains", Review of Neurons and Symbols by Igor Aleksander and Helen Morton, The Times Higher Educational Supplement, p. 31, February (1994)
* 1996, N. Sales, R. Evans, I. Aleksander. "Successful naive representation grounding", in: "Artificial Intelligence Review", vol. 10,no.1-2, pp.83-102.
* 1997, I. Aleksander, C. Browne, R. Evans, N. Sales, "Conscious and Neural Cognizers: A Review and Some Recent Approaches", in: "Neural Networks", Vol. 10, No. 7, pp 1303-1316.
* 1997, "Evolutionary Checkers" in: "Nature", Vol. 402, Dec. 1999, pp857-860.
* 2003, "Axioms and Tests for the Presence of Minimal Consciousness in Agents", in: "Journal of Consciousness Studies"
* 2008, [http://www.scholarpedia.org/article/Machine_consciousness "Machine consciousness"] , Scholarpedia 3(2):4162.


External links

* [http://www.iis.ee.ic.ac.uk/aleksander.html Home page] Igor Aleksander
* [http://www.compulink.co.uk/~hewitt/misc5.htm Interview]
* [http://www.ee.ic.ac.uk/research/neural/publications/iwann.html Artificial Neuroconsciousness: An Update]
* [http://www.guardian.co.uk/life/interview/story/0,,1511931,00.html Guardian interview 23-June-2005]

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