Interview with Professor Hector Levesque, University of Toronto

  • Ulrich FurbachEmail author
Hector Levesque is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. He worked in the area of knowledge representation and reasoning in artificial intelligence. He is the co-author of a textbook and co-founder of a conference in this area. He received the Computers and Thought Award in 1985 at the start of his career, and the Research Excellence Award in 2013 at the end of his career, both from IJCAI (the International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence).

What makes commonsense reasoning so special? It is neither logical nor illogical but demonstrates systematic patterns, how would you characterize it?

What makes commonsense reasoning so special is its range and power, coupled with the limitations it shows. I would characterize it as a form of computation over symbolic representations of knowledge.

How far are we from a general theory of commonsense reasoning?

At a coarse level, we can easily see a lot of the components of commonsense...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University Koblenz-LandauKoblenzGermany

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