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Faculty receive grant for advanced computing research

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Dr. A. Steven Younger, applied science and engineering research professor at Missouri State University, and Dr. Emmett Redd, physics, astronomy and materials science professor, received a grant of $139,134 from the National Science Foundation for their project “Super-Turing Computation and Brain-like Intelligence.”

“If successful, this project could result in a new type of computer which would be capable of performing computations that are beyond the limitations of a conventional Turing-Machine-based computer,” said Younger. “We are particularly interested in machines that have properties that are important for more brain-like, intelligent capabilities: learning, adaptability, pattern-recognition robustness and flexibility.”

In the 1990s, a theoretical model was developed illustrating the possibility of a computer capable of unprecedented dynamic, flexible and interactive behaviors. Younger and Redd’s research consolidates experimental and theoretical research in the field of Super-Turing computation in the hopes of developing a machine that can perform well beyond the capabilities of present-day computers.

Younger and Redd believe that, despite the capabilities of modern computers, their research could contribute to the development of an advanced machine with a knack for common sense and the ability to learn well beyond the parameters of its programming.

Research for this project will be completed in conjunction with Dr. Hava Siegelmann, professor of computer science at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst.

For more information, contact Younger at (417) 836-3780.


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