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Award Abstract #0855714

Major Collaborative Proposal: CreativeIT: Understanding the Creative Design Process: A Novel Cognitive Model Based on Behavioral Experiments in Circuit Design and Architecture.

NSF Org: IIS
Div Of Information & Intelligent Systems
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Initial Amendment Date: August 6, 2009
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Latest Amendment Date: August 6, 2009
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Award Number: 0855714
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Award Instrument: Standard Grant
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Program Manager: Betty H. Tuller
IIS Div Of Information & Intelligent Systems
CSE Direct For Computer & Info Scie & Enginr
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Start Date: August 15, 2009
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End Date: July 31, 2014 (Estimated)
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Awarded Amount to Date: $164,453.00
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Investigator(s): Ali Minai ali.minai@uc.edu (Principal Investigator)
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Sponsor: University of Cincinnati Main Campus
University Hall, Suite 530
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0222 (513)556-4358
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NSF Program(s): PERCEPTION, ACTION & COGNITION
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Program Reference Code(s): 7788, 9215, HPCC
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Program Element Code(s): 7252

ABSTRACT

The project plans to develop a cognitive model that helps understand, emulate and enhance creativity in conceptual electronic circuit design. Insight into creativity in circuit design is gained from novel behavioral experiments that investigate one main engine of creativity, that of generating conceptual combinations with emergent features, within and across three different areas: analog circuit design, architecture, and general domain. The work studies the impact of constraints and repeated iterations of the design task on the creativity of the solutions. Behavioral experiments in circuit design and architecture will be modeled after the guidelines developed for the general domain. Experiments in circuit design will study additive and non-additive conceptual combinations when designing new electronic circuits, such as modern operational transconductor amplifiers. Experiments in architecture will study, for example, the design of pedestrian bridges with a movable opening. Based on experiments, a cognitive model will be developed for generating iteratively novel conceptual combinations with emergent features.

The work is motivated by electronic circuit design being an expensive activity, accessible only to a small group of experts. There are arguably no methods to improve creativity in circuit design. This is an important limitation as electronic circuits are essential in healthcare, environmental monitoring, infrastructure management, telecommunication, and many other areas. The research is expected to lead to new, creativity-oriented design methodologies of superior productivity. The gained insights can also form the basis of original computer-aided design tools that invent novel circuits, a capability far beyond the tasks performed by current tools. The perspective on how novel conceptual combinations are generated and utilized can be used to develop new methods of instruction in electrical engineering, architecture and computer science.

This work is funded by SBE within the CreativeIT Program.


PUBLICATIONS PRODUCED AS A RESULT OF THIS RESEARCH

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Nagendra Marupaka, Laxmi R. Iyer and Ali A. Minai. "Connectivity and Thought: The Influence of Semantic Network Structure in a Neurodynamical Model of Thinking," Neural Networks, v.32, 2012, p. 147.

Marupaka, N, Iyer, L.R. and and Minai, A.A.. "Connectivity and thought: The influence of semantic network structure in a neurodynamical model of thinking," Neural Networks, v.22, 2012. 

Ferent, C., Doboli, A., Doboli, S.. "An Axiomatic Model for Concept Structure Description and Its Application to Circuit Design," Knowledge-based Systems, 2013.

Ferent, C., Doboli, A.. "Symbolic Matching and Constraint Generation for Systematic Comparison of Analog Circuits," IEEE Transactions on CADICS, 2013.

BOOKS/ONE TIME PROCEEDING

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Iyer, L.R., Venkatesan, V. and Minai, A.A.. "Neurocognitive spotlights: configuring domains for ideation", 08/15/2009-07/31/2010, "Proceedings of the 2010 World Congress on Computational Intelligence (WCCI 2010), Barcelona, July 2010.",  2010, "N/A".

inai, A.A., Perdoor, M., Byadarhaly, K.V., Vasa, S. and Iyer, L.R.. "A synergistic view of autonomous cognitive systems,", 08/15/2009-07/31/2010, "Proceedings of the 2010 World Congress on Computational Intelligence (WCCI 2010), Barcelona, July 2010.",  2010, "N/A".

Ghanem, A.G., Minai, A.A. and Uber, J.G.. "A multi-agent model for the co-evolution of ideas and communities", 08/15/2009-07/31/2010, "Proceedings of the 2010 World Congress on Computational Intelligence (WCCI 2010), Barcelona, July 2010.",  2010, "N/A".

Vasa, S., Ma, T., Byadarhaly, K.V., Perdoor, M., and Minai, A.A.. "A spiking neural model for the spatial coding of cognitive response sequences", 08/15/2009-07/31/2010, "Proceedings of the 2010 IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning (ICDL 2010), Ann Arbor, MI, August 2010.",  2010, "N/A".

Iyer, L.R., Venkatesan, V. and Minai, A.A.. "Neurocognitive spotlights: configuring domains for ideation", 08/01/2010-07/31/2011, "Proceedings of the 2010 World Congress on Computational Intelligence (WCCI 2010), Barcelona, July 2010.",  2010, "N/A".

inai, A.A., Perdoor, M., Byadarhaly, K.V., Vasa, S. and Iyer, L.R.. "A synergistic view of autonomous cognitive systems,", 08/01/2010-07/31/2011, "Proceedings of the 2010 World Congress on Computational Intelligence (WCCI 2010), Barcelona, July 2010.",  2010, "N/A".

Ghanem, A.G., Minai, A.A. and Uber, J.G.. "A multi-agent model for the co-evolution of ideas and communities", 08/01/2010-07/31/2011, "Proceedings of the 2010 World Congress on Computational Intelligence (WCCI 2010), Barcelona, July 2010.",  2010, "N/A".

Vasa, S., Ma, T., Byadarhaly, K.V., Perdoor, M., and Minai, A.A.. "A spiking neural model for the spatial coding of cognitive response sequences", 08/01/2010-07/31/2011, "Proceedings of the 2010 IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning (ICDL 2010), Ann Arbor, MI, August 2010.",  2010, "N/A".

Iyer, L.R. and Minai, A.A.. "A neurodynamical model of context-dependent category learning", 08/01/2010-07/31/2011, , None"Proceedings of the 2011 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, San Jose",  2011, "None".

Marupaka, N. and Minai, A.A.. "Connectivity and creativity in semantic neural networks", 08/01/2010-07/31/2011, , None"Proceedings of the 2011 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks",  2011, "None".


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