MIT EECS Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar
A personality layer for Genesis
Patrick H. Winston
The Genesis Group is centered on the idea that to understand the nature of intelligence, it is essential to model how humans understand stories. The Groups experimental test bed, the Genesis story-understanding system, demonstrates several story understanding capabilities, such as determining that both Shakespeares Macbeth and the 2007 Russia-Estonia Cyber war involve revenge, even though neither the word revenge nor any of its synonyms are mentioned in either. I will focus on incorporating personality models into the Genesis system, enabling Genesis, for example, to describe the personality of a character using the characters actions and to expect the characters in a story to react to events in a way that depends on the characters personality types.
I worked as an Undergraduate Researcher at CSAILon network coding and non-multicast communications, genetic programming and cloud-scale machine learning, and natural language questions and answering systems like START. I also worked as a Researcher at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, on the Travelling Salesman Problem and its dynamic visualization on a tangible user interface machine.