Location: Bowdoin / Eric L. Chown

Computer Science

Eric Chown

Professor of Computer Science

On leave for the 2014-15 academic year.

Contact Information

echown@bowdoin.edu
207-725-3084
Computer Science
221 Searles Science Building



Spring 2014

  • Data Structures (CSCI 2101)


eric chown

Besides teaching computer science courses in artificial intelligence, cognitive architecture, and computer programming, Eric Chown also enjoys researching the learning in humans and machines. Three years ago, he was awarded a five-year National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Grant that was used to buy specialized robots for his project - "Computational Models of Space in Navigation and Other Domains." Chown has used these robots in several of his classes.

Education

  • Ph.D. 1994 University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI
  • M.S 1987 Northwestern University Evanston, IL
  • B.A. 1985 Northwestern University Evanston, IL

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Journals
Chown, E. (1999). Making predictions in an uncertain world: Environmental structure andcognitive maps. Adaptive Behavior, 1-17.

Chown, E., Kaplan, S. & Kortenkamp, D. (1995). Prototypes, Location and AssociativeNetworks (PLAN): Towards a unified theory of cognitive mapping. Cognitive Science., 19, 1-52.

Kaplan, S., Sonntag, M. & Chown, E. (1991) Tracing recurrent activity in cognitive elements(TRACE): A model of temporal dynamics in a cell assembly. Connection Science, 3, 179206.

Highly Refereed Conferences
Chown, E. (2002). Reminiscence and arousal: A connectionist model. To appear in theProceedings of the Twenty Fourth Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society.

Chown, E. & Dietterich, T. G. (2000). A divide and conquer approach to learning from priorknowledge. In Proceedings of the Seventeenth International Conference on Machine Learning, Langley, P. (ed.), Morgan Kauffman, 143-150.

Chown, E., Jones, R.M., & Henninger, A.E. (2002). An architecture for emotional decision-making agents. To appear in the proceedings of The First Annual Conference on Autonomous Agents & Multiagent Systems

Forbell, E., & Chown, E. (2000).Lexical contact during speech perception: A connectionist model. In Proceedings of the Twenty Second Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society.

Henninger, A.E., Jones, R.M. & Chown (2003). Behaviors that emerge from emotion andcognition: Implementation and evaluation of a symbolic-connectionist architecture. To appear in the proceedings of The Second Annual Conference on Autonomous Agents & MultiagentSystem.

Kortenkamp, D. & Chown, E. (1993). A directional spreading activation network for mobilerobot navigation. From Animals to Animats 2, Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Simulation of Adaptive Behavior, Meyer, J.-A., Roitblat H. L. and Wilson,S.W. (eds.), MIT-Press.

Book Chapters
Chown, E. & Boots, B. (2005). Learning Cognitive Maps: Finding Useful Structure in an Uncertain World. To appear in Jefferies, M. & Yeap, A. (eds.) Robot and Cognitive Approaches to Spatial Mapping.

Chown, E. (2004) Cognitive Modeling. In Tucker, A. (ed.) Computer Science Handbook. Chapman & Hall.
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Chown, E. (1999). Error tolerance and generalization in cognitive maps: Performance withoutprecision. In Golledge, R. (ed.) Wayfinding Behavior: Cognitive Mapping and Other Spatial Processes., 349-369 The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Commentaries
Chown, E. (1995). Reverberation reconsidered: On the path to cognitive theory. Behavioral andBrain Sciences, 18, 628-629.

Chown, E., Booker, L.B., & Kaplan, S. (2002). Perception, Action Planning, and CognitiveMaps. To appear in Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Chown, E. & Kaplan, S. (1992). Active symbols, limited storage and the power of naturalintelligence. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 15:3, 442-443.

Other
Chown, E., Foil, G., Work, H., & Zhuang, Y. (2006). AiboConnect: A simple programming environment for robotics. To appear in The proceedings of the 19th International FLAIRS Conference.
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Henninger, A.E., Jones, R.M. & Chown, E. (2003). Behaviors that emerge from emotion and cognition: Implementation and evaluation of a symbolic-connectionist architecture. To appear in The proceedings of Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems '03.
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Chown, E., (2002). Reminiscence and arousal: a connectionist model. In The proceedings of the 24th annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, 234-239.
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Chown, E., Jones, R.M., & Henninger, A.E. (2002). An architecture for emotional decision-making agents. In The proceedings of Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems '02.
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Jones, R.M., Henninger, A.E., & Chown, E. (2002). Interfacing emotional behavior moderators with intelligent synthetic forces. Proceedings of the 11th Computer Generated Forces and Behavior Representation Conference.
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Henninger, A.E., Jones, R.M. & Chown, E. (2002). Behaviors that emerge from emotion and cognition: A first evaluation. Proceedings of the '02 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC). Orlando, FL.
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Henninger, A.E., Jones, R.M., & Chown, E. (2001). A symbolic-connectionist framework for representing emotions in computer generated forces. Proceedings of the '01 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC). Orlando, FL.
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Chown, E., & Dietterich, T.G. (2000). Learning in the Presence of Prior Knowledge: A Case Study Using Model Calibration. Poscript preprint. In the Proceedings of the Seventeenth International Conference on Machine Learning. P. Langley (ed.). Morgan Kauffman, pp 143-150.

Chown, E. (2000). Gateways: An approach to parsing spatial domains. In ICML-2000 Workshop on Machine Learning of Spatial Knowledge, 1-6.

Jones, R.M., Chown, E., & Henninger, A.E. (2001). A hybrid symbolic-connectionist approachto modeling emotions. In AAAI Fall Symposium Emotional and Intelligent II: The Tangled Knot of Social Cognition. Technical Report FS-01-02. AAAI Press.

Henninger, A.E., Jones, R.M., and Chown, E. (2002). Behaviors that emerge from emotion andcognition: A first evaluation. In the Proceedings of Interservice/Industry Training Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), 2002. Orlando, FL

Henninger, A.E., Jones, R.M., and Chown, E. (2001). Framework for Attention, Cognition andEmotion in Synthetic Forces. In the Proceedings of Interservice/Industry Training Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), November 26-29, 2001. Orlando, FL.

Chown, E. (1994). Consolidation and Learning: A Connectionist Model of Human Credit Assignment. Doctoral dissertation. The University of Michigan.

Invited Talks

(1999). Fitting Parameters to Ecosystem Models Using Surface Data. 1999 NASA Workshop onData Mining and Data Fusion

(2000). Gateways: An approach to parsing spatial domains. ICML-2000 Workshop on MachineLearning of Spatial Knowledge.

Students

Undergraduate Honors Thesis Supervision
Eric Forbell, Bowdoin College
Anthony Roy, Bowdoin College
Doug Vail, Bowdoin College
Byron Boots, Bowdoin College
Masters Committee Membership
Russ Tedrake, University of Michigan

Curriculum vitae in PDF formPDF»

  • 2004 - Present Bowdoin College Brunswick, ME
    Associate Professor of Computer Science, Chair.
  • 1998 - 2004 Bowdoin College Brunswick, ME
    Assistant Professor of Computer Science
  • 1994 - 1998 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
    Postdoctoral Assistant in Machine Learning

  • 1985-1986 Walter P. Murphy Fellowship.
  • 1991 Nissan Cognitive Science Fellowship
  • 1991-1992 Rackham Research Partnership Fellowship (with Stephen Kaplan)
  • 1995-1997 CISE Post-Doctoral Associateship in Experimental Science
  • 1999 CBB Mellon Grant (with David Garnick and Clare Congdon)
  • 1999 NSF Grant (with Carrie Phillips and Louisa Slowiaczek).
  • 2001-2006 NSF CAREER Grant