|My name is Lucas Bechberger and I’m a researcher in the area of Artificial (General) Intelligence and Conceptual Spaces. I’m currently pursuing a PhD at the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Kühnberger.
Before starting my PhD research, I studied Computer Science at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). During my studies, I was also part of an AGI research project at AGI Innovations Inc., a Los Angeles based startup aiming to create Artificial General Intelligence.
I am convinced that strong AI is not only theoretically possible but that it also will most likely become reality at some point. Whether this will happen during our lifetime, I think we all cannot say for sure – but I think that it is in any case worthwhile to actively work towards it.
Having a strong background in machine learning and computer science, I am currently mostly interested in the symbol grounding problem, i.e., the question of how abstract symbols can be grounded in reality in order to contain any meaning. During my PhD, I focus on the area of concept formation: how can unlabeled observations give rise to conceptual representations? I approach this problem by using clustering techniques in combination with Gärdenfors’ conceptual spaces framework. More information about my research and current updates about my progress can be found in the blog.