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Can One Hear The Shape Of A Concept

Abstract. Concept abstraction is an important component of intelligence. Scientists today still do not know how the brain accomplishes it. In this talk we compare some recent mathematical results about random walks on manifolds and graphs with the features of concept abstraction processes to seek understanding of the algorithms involved.

Biography. Weibo Gong received his Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences from the Division of Applied Sciences at Harvard University in 1987, and since has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is now a full professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and an adjunct professor of the Department of Computer Science at the same campus. Dr. Gong has received the IEEE Control Systems Society George Axelby outstanding paper award in 1997, University of Massachusetts Amherst Engineering College outstanding senior faculty award in 2002, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor's medal in 2009. He is an IEEE Fellow since 1998. Dr. Gong is active in IEEE control systems society. He is the Program Chair for the 2004 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control. Dr. Gong's research interests include network modeling and control, stochastic dynamic systems, communication security, and the foundational algorithms for intelligence.

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