Matthias Scheutz, Thomas Williams, Evan Krause, Bradley Oosterveld, Vasanth Sarathy, Tyler Frasca


Cognitive Architectures

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DIARC has been under development for over 15 years. Different from other cognitive architectures like SOAR or ACT-R, DIARC is an intrinsically component-based distributed architecture scheme that can be instantiated in many different ways. Moreover, DIARC has several distinguishing features, such as affect processing and deep natural language integration, is open-world and multi-agent enabled, and allows for “one-shot instruction-based learning” of new percepts, actions, concepts, rules, and norms. In this chapter, we will present an overview of the DIARC architecture and compare it to classical cognitive architectures. After laying out the theoretical foundations, we specifically focus on the action, vision, and natural language subsystems. We then give two examples of DIARC configurations for “one-shot learning” and “component-sharing”. We also briefly mention different use cases of DIARC, in particular, for autonomous robots in human-robot interaction experiments and for building cognitive models.