- Frank Rosenblatt
Frank Rosenblatt (
11 July, 1928– 1971) was a New York Cityborn computer scientist who completed the Perceptron, or MARK 1, computer at Cornell Universityin 1960. This was the first computerthat could learn new skills by trial and error, using a type of neural networkthat simulates human thought processes.
Rosenblatt’s perceptrons were initially simulated on an
IBM 704computer at Cornell Aeronautical Laboratoryin 1957. By the study of neural networks such as the Perceptron, Rosenblatt hoped that "the fundamental laws of organization which are common to all information handling systems, machines and men included, may eventually be understood."
A 1946 graduate of the
Bronx High School of Science, Rosenblatt was a colorful character at Cornell in the early 1960s. A handsome bachelor, he drove a classic MGA sports car and was often seen with his cat named Tobermory. He enjoyed mixing with undergraduates, and for several years taught an interdisciplinary undergraduate honors course entitled "Theory of Brain Mechanisms" that drew students equally from Cornell's Engineering and Liberal Arts colleges.
This course was a melange of ideas drawn from a huge variety of sources: results from experimental brain surgery on epileptic patients while conscious, experiments on measuring the activity of individual neurons in the visual cortex of cats, studies of loss of particular kinds of mental function as a result of trauma to specific areas of the
brain, and various analog and digital electronic circuits that modeled various details of neuronal behavior (i.e. the perceptron itself, as a machine).
There were also some breathtaking speculations, based on what was known about brain behavior at this time (well before the CAT or PET scan was available), including one calculation that, based on the number of neuronal connections in a human brain, the human cortex had enough storage space to hold a complete "photographic" record of its perceptual inputs, stored at the 16 frames-per-second rate of
flicker fusion, for about two hundred years.
In 1962 Rosenblatt published much of the content of this honors course in the book "Principles of neurodynamics: Perceptrons and the theory of brain mechanisms" (Spartan Books, 1962) which he used thereafter as a textbook for the course.
Research on similar devices was also being done in other places such as SRI, and many researchers had big expectations on what they could do. The initial excitement became somewhat reduced, tough, when in 1969
Marvin Minskyand Seymour Papertpublished the book "Perceptrons" with mathematical proofs that elucidated some of the characteristics of the three-layer feed-forward perceptrons. For one side, they demonstrated some of the advantages of using them on certain cases. But they also presented some limitations. The most important one was the impossibility of implementing general functions using only "local" neurons, that don't have all inputs available. This was taken by many people as one of the most important characteristics of perceptrons.
Rosenblatt died in a boating accident in 1971. After research on neural networks returned to the mainstream in the 1980s, new researchers started to study his work again. This new wave of study on neural networks is interpreted by some researchers as being a contradiction of hypotheses presented in the book Perceptrons, and a confirmation of Rosenblatt's expectations, but the extent of this is questioned by some. [http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0306-3127(199608)26%3A3%3C611%3AASSOTO%3E2.0.CO%3B2-O]
In 2004 the
IEEEestablished the Frank Rosenblatt Award, for "outstanding contributions to the advancement of the design, practice, techniques or theory in biologically and linguistically motivated computational paradigms including but not limited to neural networks, connectionist systems, evolutionary computation, fuzzy systems, and hybrid intelligent systems in which these paradigms are contained." [http://www.ieee.org/portal/pages/about/awards/sums/rosensum.html]
Artificial neural networks
* History of artificial intelligence
* AI Winter
Mark-I as Mark-II were not simulated with the help of computer. It was electo-mechanical device. See Rosenblatt reports. Computer-based perceptrons were simulted by M. Minsky and other researchers.
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Frank Rosenblatt — Der Grabstein von Frank Rosenblatt, Brooktondale, NY, USA. Frank Rosenblatt (* 11. Juli 1928 in New York City; † 1971) war ein US amerikanischer Psychologe und Informatiker. Leben Rosenblatt entwickelte 1957 das Konzept des Perceptron. Er setzte… … Deutsch Wikipedia
Rosenblatt — is a German surname meaning rose leaf and may refer to:Family name name= Rosenblatt* Dana Rosenblatt, world middleweight boxing champion * Frank Rosenblatt (1928 1969), developer of the Perceptron (MARK 1) computer at Cornell University * Jay… … Wikipedia
Rosenblatt — ist der Name folgender Persönlichkeiten: Frank Rosenblatt (1928–1969), Informatiker Fritz Rosenblatt (1917–2006), deutscher Schriftsteller, bekannt unter dem Pseudonym Fred Wander Jay Rosenblatt (* 1955), dänischer Regisseur Joe Rosenblatt (*… … Deutsch Wikipedia
Anne Frank — Infobox Writer name = Anne Frank imagesize = 200px caption = Anne Frank pictured in May 1942 birthname = Annelies Marie Frank birthdate = birth date|1929|6|12|mf=y birthplace = Frankfurt am Main, Weimar Germany deathdate = Early March 1945 (aged… … Wikipedia
Dana Rosenblatt — Dangerous Dana Rosenblatt (b. January 26, 1972, in Malden, Massachusetts) was a left handed professional boxer who held a variety of minor boxing titles. Rosenblatt began practicing martial arts at age 13 and earned a black belt in Tang Soo Do… … Wikipedia
Anne Frank — Briefmarke zum 50. Geburtstag (1979) Statue in Amsterdam … Deutsch Wikipedia
Annelies Marie Frank — Anne Frank Briefmarke (1979) Statue von Anne Frank in Amsterdam Annelies Marie Frank, verkürzt meist Anne Frank genannt (* 12. Juni 1929 in … Deutsch Wikipedia
Anne Frank — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Frank. Pour l’article homophone, voir Franck. Anne Frank … Wikipédia en Français
Anne frank — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Frank. Pour l’article homophone, voir Franck. Anne Frank … Wikipédia en Français
Annelies Marie Frank — Anne Frank Pour les articles homonymes, voir Frank. Pour l’article homophone, voir Franck. Anne Frank … Wikipédia en Français