Pentti O A Haikonen

Dr. Pentti O A Haikonen

Full Adjunct Professor
University of Illinois at Springfield, One University Plaza
Philosophy Department, UHB 4026
Springfield, IL 62-703, USA

Dr. Haikonen’s research focus is on Machine Cognition, Robot Brains, Machine Emotions, Conscious Machines, and Artificial Consciousness. He has written three books about machine consciousness:

  • Consciousness and Robot Sentience. World Scientific, Singapore 2012.
    What is consciousness and how to implement it in robots. Strong focus on qualia and the phenomenal aspects of consciousness. Contains also a description of Haikonen’s experimental cognitive robot XCR-1. (Buy this book at Amazon)
  • Robot Brains; circuits and systems for conscious machines. Wiley and Sons, UK 2007.
    From associative neurons and neuron groups to perception circuits, cognitive architectures, machine emotions, natural language in machines, machine consciousness Contains a little bit mathematics and circuit diagrams (Buy this book at Amazon).
  • The Cognitive Approach to Conscious Machines. Imprint Academic, UK 2003
    His background philosophy towards the design of conscious machines – Easy reading, no mathematics here, lots of ideas (Buy this book at Amazon).



Robot Brains: Circuits and Systems for Conscious Machines

Robot Brains: Circuits and Systems for Conscious Machines

by Pentti O. Haikonen

Wiley. September 2007. ISBN: 978-0-470-06204-3.

Haikonen envisions autonomous robots that perceive and understand the world directly, acting in it in a natural human-like way without the need of programs and numerical representation of information. By developing higher-level cognitive functions through the power of artificial associative neuron architectures, the author approaches the issues of machine consciousness.

Robot Brains expertly outlines a complete system approach to cognitive machines, offering practical design guidelines for the creation of non-numeric autonomous creative machines. It details topics such as component parts and realization principles, so that different pieces may be implemented in hardware or software. Real-world examples for designers and researchers are provided, including circuit and systems examples that few books on this topic give.

In novel technical and practical detail, this book also considers:

  • the limitations and remedies of traditional neural associators in creating true machine cognition;
    basic circuit assemblies cognitive neural architectures;
  • how motors can be interfaced with the associative neural system in order for fluent motion to be achieved without numeric computations;
  • memorization, imagination, planning and reasoning in the machine;
  • the concept of machine emotions for motivation and value systems;
  • an approach towards the use and understanding of natural language in robots.

The methods presented in this book have important implications for computer vision, signal processing, speech recognition and other information technology fields. Systematic and thoroughly logical, it will appeal to practising engineers involved in the development and design of robots and cognitive machines, also researchers in Artificial Intelligence. Postgraduate students in computational neuroscience and robotics, and neuromorphic engineers will find it an exciting source of information.

Toward a Science of Consciousness 2008

Toward a Science of Consciousness 2008

April 8-12, 2008. Tucson ARIZONA
Tucson Convention Center
The eighth biennial Tucson conference continues an interdisciplinary tradition of intense, far-ranging and rigorous discussions on all approaches to the fundamental issue of how the brain produces conscious experience.


WowWee Rovio

The creators of Robosapien WowWee are preparing a new robot called Rovio that has been presented at CES 2008 and will be available this summer and it will cost around 200 Euro.

Rovio is an omnidirectional wheeled robot equipped with an onboard webcam. The robot can be controlled from anywhere using a PC and the images of the webcam can be also visualized. Even the camera angle can be remotelly controlled in order to inspect the surroundings of the robot. It can be used for surveillance, and remote listening and talking. Rovio is also able to automatically navigate to the nearer charging station.

The following video is a Rovio demo at CES 2008: