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Aoun, Mario
Montreal, Canada
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Mario Aoun received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Notre Dame University (NDU), Lebanon, in 2003. His final-year project, a location-based service for Windows mobile phones, won the Microsoft Competition for Universities in Lebanon that year. In parallel to his university studies, Mario developed complex database applications ranging from client-server applications to mobile and multi-tier applications.

In 2007, after fulfilling his master’s (MS) degree in computer science from NDU, he was accepted for a PhD scholarship at the University of Twente, with training at Philips Research Center. Unfortunately, he was struck by a neurological disorder called transverse myelitis (TM). TM is an inflammation of a segment of the spinal cord, making him paraplegic; he was forced to cancel the scholarship.

In 2009, he reviewed a book for ACM Computing Reviews (CR), Computational Intelligence: a Compendium, which revived his personal research goals in artificial intelligence and neural networks. Consequently, in 2010, he wrote a research paper based on his MS thesis—“STDP within NDS Neurons”—which he submitted to and presented at the International Symposium on Neural Networks (ISNN 2010) in Shanghai, China.

At the end of 2010, he immigrated to Canada, and is now in his fourth year as a PhD research student in cognitive informatics at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).

His research interests include chaos theory, chaos control, reservoir computing, computational neuroscience, neurocognition, and the limits of intelligence. He investigates and approaches the exploit of the theory of chaotic nonlinear dynamics in order to emulate cognitive processes, like memory and perception, which are explained and elucidated by the theory of chaotic neurodynamics. The latter favors the role of chaos in the brain as an essential ingredient that makes the brain distinct from any artificial intelligent machine. The impact of this research will help us understand and delineate the limitations of both natural and artificial intelligence. He presented his latest research paper, “Learning algorithm and neurocomputing architecture for NDS neurons, ” in August 2014 at the IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Informatics and Cognitive Computing (ICCI*CC 2014) in London, England; he received the Best Paper Award. Also, in the same trip, he was invited to do a seminar at Oxford Brookes University to discuss the potential implication of his research work.

Mario’s review of The universal machine was selected as one of the best CR reviews of 2013.

Date Reviewed  
- 10 of 12 reviews

  Modeling incubation and restructuring for creative problem solving in robots
Kralik J., Mao T., Cheng Z., Ray L.  Robotics and Autonomous Systems 86162-173, 2016. Type: Article

Think of this experiment: a monkey is faced with four quantities of food versus a single quantity, and it is given the four quantities as a reward only when it picks the single quantity. This experiment defies the common sense of an instinctive be...

Jun 28 2017  
  Computational intelligence: revised and selected papers of the International Joint Conference, IJCCI 2013, Vilamoura, Portugal, September 20-22, 2013
Madani K., Dourado A., Rosa A., Filipe J., Kacprzyk J.,  Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2015. 518 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319233-91-8)

This book is composed of selected papers that were submitted and presented at the Fifth International Joint Conference on Computational Intelligence (IJCCI), held in Portugal in 2013. The conference is divided into three categories: evolutionary c...

Jul 26 2016  
   The science of computing: shaping a discipline
Tedre M.,  Chapman & Hall/CRC, Boca Raton, FL, 2014. 292 pp. Type: Book (978-1-482217-69-8)

What is computer science? Is it art, science, engineering, or mathematics? This book attempts to define “computer science” and lay the groundwork for making it a discipline on its own. Specifically, the book addresses the following: Wh...

Apr 7 2016  
   Computational intelligence: a methodological introduction
Kruse R., Borgelt C., Klawonn F., Moewes C., Steinbrecher M., Held P.,  Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated, New York, NY, 2013. 499 pp. Type: Book (978-1-447150-12-1)

This book teaches computational intelligence (CI) in a thorough, methodological manner that is theoretically profound and educationally oriented. The authors present state-of-the-art, real-world CI problems within a technical scope that reflects t...

Feb 10 2014  
   Robot intelligence technology and applications 2012: an edition of the presented papers from the 1st International Conference on Robot Intelligence Technology and Applications
Kim J., Matson E., Myung H., Xu P.,  Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated, Berlin, Germany, 2013. 1075 pp. Type: Book (978-3-642373-73-2)

When robots employ intelligent phenomena to solve a problem, such phenomena are collectively called “robot intelligence.” This volume presents the latest advancements in robot intelligence technology, which adapts cognitive architectur...

Oct 16 2013  
   The universal machine: from the dawn of computing to digital consciousness
Watson I.,  Copernicus Books, New York, NY, 2012. 367 pp. Type: Book (978-3-642281-01-3)

This interesting popular science book sheds light on important works and key figures in the world of computing. It starts with the early work of Charles Babbage, progresses to recent achievements in the fields of computer science (CS) and informat...

Apr 10 2013  
  A non-Markovian random walk underlies a stochastic model of spike-timing-dependent plasticity
Elliott T.  Neural Computation 22(5): 1180-1230, 2010. Type: Article

Elliott presents a very insightful model of spike-timing-dependent plasticity (STDP), with a rigorous and thorough mathematical proof. The STDP learning rule is different from conventional Hebbian learning that can simply be stated as “cells...

Oct 5 2010  
  Computational intelligence: a compendium
Fulcher J., Jain L. (ed),  Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated, 2008. 1180 pp. Type: Book (9783540782926)

Computational intelligence (CI) was in real need of this compendium, as it is an exhaustive summary that explores the theory of intelligence through possible computational means. CI, which is often confused with artificial intelligence (AI), is th...

May 8 2009  
  Behavioral overlays for non-verbal communication expression on a humanoid robot
Brooks A., Arkin R.  Autonomous Robots 22(1): 55-74, 2007. Type: Article

Human-robot interaction is being enhanced by the development and implementation of nonverbal communication display, or body language, for humanoid robots. This is achieved by building novel behavioral overlay mechanisms that will map the internal ...

Oct 15 2007  
   System for reminding a user of information obtained through a Web browsing experience
Morita T., Hidaka T., Tanaka A., Kato Y.  World Wide Web (Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on the World Wide Web, Banff, Alberta, Canada,  May 8-12, 2007) 1327-1328, 2007. Type: Proceedings

Personal Web browsers still don’t support semantic information organization for previously visited Web pages. If such a feature were implemented in a Web browser, then an Internet surfer would be able to easily find important and significant...

Aug 16 2007  
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