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The Nicole Project

The Nicole Project is about the science of building artificial people. The metaphor for this project is the design and creation of a human-level artificial intelligence, Nicole, but the actual goal of this project is slightly more subtle: to specify a theory of agency which will be sufficient to allow us to build an intelligent agent.

The Nicole Project, therefore, has several missions:

  1. Specify the characteristics of the real world;
  2. Specify desired properties for agents operating in the world;
  3. Specify a theory of how an agent could be built to meet those properties;
  4. Develop tools and systems to test that theory;
  5. Combine and apply those tools to develop a series of useful, intelligent agents.
The Nicole Project is currently a collection of systems and theories being developed by the faculty and students associated with Dr. Ashwin Ram's IGOR Group and with Anthony G. Francis, Jr.'s thesis project.

Additional information about the Nicole Project is also available in the following areas:

Current Status


The Agent Theory Compendium

The Nicole Project Long-Term Mission Statement

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