Jason Hutchens is a Ph.D. from University of Western Australia in Information Technology and Artificial Intelligence (Hutchens 1999). He is interested in stochastic language acquisition models.

He designed and implemented computer programs that can learn language from bottom up (The Child Machine). He has authored many "conversation simulators", some of which (e.g. MegaHAL) have been entered in the Loebner Contest. He also worked on artificial intelligence aspects of computer games (if you know which, /msg me), and on server-side e-commerce natural language solutions.

At the time of writing this writeup, he works at Artificial Intelligence Enterprises, which develops The Child Machine, a conversation simulator which is at 18 month old baby level of talk.


Bibliography

Hutchens ?
Hutchens, Jason L. NonI: A non-intelligent conversation simulator. Technical presentation given as part of the CIIPS seminar series.
Hutchens 1998
Hutchens, Jason L. 1998. Introducing MegaHAL. In David M. W. Powers, editor, NeMLaP3 / CoNLL98 Workshop on Human-Computer Conversation, ACL, pages 271-274, January.
Hutchens 1998b
Hutchens, Jason L. 1998. Finding structure via compression. In David M. W. Powers, editor, NeMLaP3 / CoNLL98 Workshop on Human-Computer Conversation, ACL, pages 79-82, January.
Hutchens 1999
Hutchens, Jason L. 1999. The UpWrite Predictor: A General Grammatical Inference Engine for Symbolic Time Series with Applications in Natural Language Acquisition and Data Compression. Ph.D. thesis, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Western Australia, Australia 6907.
Treister-Goren ?
Treister-Goren, Anat and Hutchens, Jason L. Creating AI: A unique interplay between the development of learning algorithms and their education. Available at: http://www.a-i.com/show_tree.asp?id=43&level=2&root=12
Hutchens ?
Hutchens, Jason L. Conversing with Stochastic Language Models. Available at: http://www.a-i.com/show_tree.asp?id=43&level=2&root=12
Treister-Goren ?
Treister-Goren, Anat and Hutchens, Jason L. The Developmental Approach to Evaluating Artificial Intelligence -- A proposal. Available at: http://www.a-i.com/show_tree.asp?id=43&level=2&root=12

If someone knows the precise reference of the articles, I will happily add them here. Please /msg me.

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