Robert Hadley

Professor, School of Computing Science


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SFU Burnaby, TASC 9409
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Ph.D. Philosophy, University of British Columbia, Canada, 1973
M.Sc. Computing Science, Simon Fraser University, Canada, 1984
B.A. Philosophy, University of Virginia, United States, 1967

Research interests

Students please note: Professor Hadley is retired and is not supervising any new students.

  • Use of connectionist (neural) nets in acquisition of syntactic and semantic knowledge
  • Philosophical Implications of Artificial Intelligence
  • The Combinatorial Limitations of Neural Networks

Teaching interests

  • Computational Cognitive Science
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Social Implications of Computers

Recently taught courses

  • CMPT 826 Machine Learning and Reasoning
  • CMPT 418 Computational Cognitive Architecture
  • CMPT 310 Artificial Intelligence

Selected recent publications

  • Hadley, R.F. (2010) "The Essential Role of Consciousness in Mathematical Cognition", Journal of Consciousness Studies, Vol. 17.
  •  Hadley, R.F. (2009) "The Problem of Rapid Variable Creation", Neural Computation, Vol. 21, pp. 510-532.
  •  Hadley, R.F. (2008) "Consistency, Turing Computability and Goedel's First Incompleteness Theorem", Minds and Machines Vol. 18(1), pp. 1-15.
  •  Hadley, R.F. (2007) "Synchronous vs. Conjunctive Binding: A False Dichotomy?", Connection Science , Vol. 19(2), pp. 111-130.
  • Hadley, R.F. (2006) "Neural Circuits, Matrices, and Conjunctive Binding", Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Vol. 29.

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