Prof. Dr. Kristinn R. Thórisson

Kristinn Rúnar Thórisson (Þórisson) is an Icelandic artificial intelligence researcher, founder of the Institute for Intelligent Machines (IIIM) and co-founder and former co-director of the Center for Analysis and Design of Intelligent Agents (CADIA). Thórisson is one of the leading proponents of artificial intelligence systems integration.

Thórisson is a proponent of artificial general intelligence (AGI) (also referred to as strong AI) and has proposed a new methodology for achieving artificial general intelligence. A demonstration of this constructivist AI methodology has been given in the FP-7 funded HUMANOBS project HUMANOBS project,[dead link] where an artificial system autonomously learned how to do spoken multimodal interviews by observing humans participate in a TV-style interview. The system, called AERA, autonomously expands its capabilities through self-reconfiguration. Thórisson has also worked extensively on systems integration for artificial intelligence systems in the past, contributing architectural principles for infusing dialogue and human-interaction capabilities into the Honda ASIMO robot.

Kristinn R. Thórisson is currently managing director for the Icelandic Institute for Intelligent Machines and an full research professor at the Department of Computer Science at Reykjavík University.
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