Why am I here working on OpenSim for OpenCog ?
I have a long term focus on AI and current ongoing support of Opensim, and have done previous work interfacing agents in 3D simulators (Doom3) along with a goal of interfacing general intelligences like OpenCog with both real world and virtual world applications. Having taken the past several months to become familiar with OpenSim for just such purposes, I think working on an interface would be great opportunity to be the bridge between the two projects.
Current PhD CS Student with concentration in Natural language and AI at University of North Texas. Currently hold a BA CS from University of Texas at Austin, and a MS CS from University of North Texas.
I am a long term knowledge engineer and contract programmer/developer. Descriptions of several projects can be found at http://www.daxtron.com/AboutDax.htm
I currently actively support the Cyc Foundation (http://www.cycfoundation.org/) , which manages licences, extensions and promotion of OpenCyc and ResearchCyc and though development of demo applications. Several of my papers are in the Suggested Reading list (http://www.cycfoundation.org/blog/?page_id=6).
I have also provided a number of agent and NLP related application as opensource or freeware ( http://www.daxtron.com/DaxTools.htm ) . These include Cyn, a AIML/Cyc aware chat agent, CycLink a VB to Cyc interface control, and Rosetta a LinkGrammar based logic form parser.
For the past several months I have been providing support for Opensim in terms of testing, providing patches, and extending the scripting support. Near the primary teleport point in Wright Plaza on OSGrid I provided an object know as the Wikilith, a vaguely 2001-ish monolith that provides answers from Wikipedia using an AskWikipedia proxy. I have also been working on porting Yield Prolog as a supported OpenSim scripting language. ( http://yieldprolog.sourceforge.net/ )
Additional possibly relevant info
A presentation presented to DARPA in support of the ResearchCyc project. http://www.daxtron.com/pub/DARPA-CyN-D5.pdf
Also developed a Voice I/O system and conversation management system in Java using Sphinx 4/ FreeTTS / Jython to support concept development for Hanson Robotics during summer of 2007.