Faculty Directory
Ken Forbus

Walter P. Murphy Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Contact

2145 Sheridan Road
Ford Room 3-313
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-491-7699Email Ken Forbus

Website

Qualitative Reasoning Group

Ken Forbus' Homepage


Departments

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Affiliations

Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence

Education

Ph.D. Artificial Intelligence, MIT, Cambridge, MA

S.M. Computer Science, MIT, Cambridge, MA

S.B. Computer Science, MIT, Cambridge, MA


Research Interests

Kenneth D. Forbus is the Walter P. Murphy Professor of Computer Science and Professor of Education at Northwestern University.  He received his degrees from MIT (Ph.D. in 1984). His research interests include qualitative reasoning, analogical reasoning and learning, spatial reasoning, sketch understanding, natural language understanding, cognitive architecture, reasoning system design, intelligent educational software, and the use of AI in interactive entertainment.  He is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, the Cognitive Science Society, and the Association for Computing Machinery.  He has received Humboldt Award and has served as Chair of the Cognitive Science Society. 


Selected Publications

  • Andrew Lovett, Kenneth Forbus, “Modeling visual problem solving as analogical reasoning”, Psychological Review, (2017)
  • Kenneth D. Forbus, Chen Liang, Irina Rabkina, “Representation and Computation in Cognitive Models”, Topics in Cognitive Science, (2017)
  • Kenneth D. Forbus, Maria Chang, Matthew Mclure, Madeline Usher, “The Cognitive Science of Sketch Worksheets”, Topics in Cognitive Science, (2017)
  • David M. Barbella, Kenneth D Forbus, “Exploiting Connectivity for Case Construction in Learning by Reading”, Advances in Cognitive Systems, (2016)
  • Thomas R Hinrichs, Kenneth D Forbus, “Qualitative Models for Strategic Planning”, Advances in Cognitive Systems, (2016)
  • Kenneth D. Forbus, “Software social organisms”, AI Magazine, (2016)
  • B. Bredeweg, Kenneth D Forbus, “Qualitative Representations for Education”, Design Recommendations for Intelligent Tutoring Systems, (2016)
  • Kenneth D Forbus, “Sketch Understanding for Education”, Design Recommendations for Intelligent Tutoring Systems, (2016)
  • Kenneth D. Forbus, Ronald W. Ferguson, Andrew Lovett, Dedre Gentner, “Extending SME to Handle Large-Scale Cognitive Modeling”, Cognitive Science, (2016)
  • Forbus, K., “In R. Sottilare, A. Graesser, X. Hu, A. Olney, B. Nye, and A. Sinatra (Eds.). (2016). Design Recommendations for Intelligent Tutoring Systems: Volume 4 - Domain Modeling.”, Orlando, FL: U.S. Army Research Laboratory, (2016)
  • Bredeweg, B., & Forbus, K., “In R. Sottilare, A. Graesser, X. Hu, A. Olney, B. Nye, and A. Sinatra (Eds.). (2016). Design Recommendations for Intelligent Tutoring Systems: Volume 4 - Domain Modeling.”, Orlando, FL: U.S. Army Research Laboratory., (2016)
  • Kenneth D. Forbus, “Analogical abduction and prediction”, AAAI Fall Symposium - Technical Report, (2015)
  • Hinrichs, T.; Forbus, K., “X Goes First: Teaching a Simple Game through Multimodal Interaction”, Advances in Cognitive Systems, (2014)
  • Forbus, Kenneth D.; Hinrichs, Thomas R.; McFate, Clifton, “Using narrative function to extract qualitative information from natural language texts”, Proceedings of the National Conference on Artificial Intelligence, (2014)
  • Forbus, Kenneth D.; Chang, Maria D., “Using analogy to cluster hand-drawn sketches for sketch-based educational software”, AI Magazine, (2014)
  • Chang, M.D.; Wetzel, J.W.; Forbus, K.D., “Spatial reasoning in comparative analyses of physics diagrams”, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), (2014)
  • Jee, Benjamin D.; Gentner, Dedre; Uttal, David H.; Sageman, Bradley; Forbus, Kenneth, “Drawing on Experience: How Domain Knowledge Is Reflected in Sketches of Scientific Structures and Processes”, Research in Science Education, (2014)
  • Forbus, K., “Qualitative Reasoning”, CRC Handbook of Computer Science, (2013)
  • Klenk, Matthew; Forbus, Ken, “Exploiting persistent mappings in cross-domain analogical learning of physical domains”, Artificial Intelligence, (2012)
  • Forbus, Kenneth D., “Vision and sketching”, Perception, (2012)
  • Forbus, Kenneth D.; Hinrichs, Thomas R., “Learning qualitative models by demonstration”, Proceedings of the National Conference on Artificial Intelligence, (2012)
  • Dehghani, M., Forbus, K., Tomai, E., Klenk, M., “An Integrated Reasoning Approach to Moral Decision-Making”, Cambridge University Press, (2011)
  • D. Gentner and K. D. Forbus, “Computational models of analogy”, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews-Cognitive Science, (2011)
  • K. D. Forbus, “Qualitative modeling”, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews-Cognitive Science, (2011)
  • TR Hinrichs;KD Forbus, “Transfer Learning through Analogy in Games”, Ai Magazine, (2011)
  • Forbus, K.; Lovett, A., “Cultural commonalities and differences in spatial problem-solving: A computational analysis”, Cognition, (2011)
  • Forbus, K.; Klenk, M.; Tomai, E.; Kim, H., “Using analogical model formulation with sketches to solve Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test problems”, Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence, (2011)
  • Forbus, K. D; Barbella, D. M, “Analogical Dialogue Acts: Supporting Learning by Reading Analogies in Instructional Texts”, Twenty-Fifth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, (2011)
  • P Yin, KD Forbus, J Usher, B Sageman, BD Jee, “Sketch Worksheets: A Sketch-based Educational Software System”, Proceedings of the 22nd International Florida Artificial ..., (2010)
  • K Forbus, “CogSketch: sketch understanding for cognitive science research and for education”, Spatial Cognition VII, (2010)
  • KD Forbus, “AI and Cognitive Science: The Past and Next 30 Years”, Topics in Cognitive Science, (2010)
  • D GENTNER;J LOEWENSTEIN;L THOMPSON;KD FORBUS, “Reviving Inert Knowledge: Analogical Abstraction Supports Relational Retrieval of Past Events”, Cognitive Science, (2009)
  • A LOVETT;E TOMAI;K FORBUS;J USHER, “Solving Geometric Analogy Problems Through Two-Stage Analogical Mapping”, Cognitive Science, (2009)
  • K Forbus, M Klenk, T Hinrichs, “Companion cognitive systems: Design goals and some lessons learned”, IEEE Intelligent Systems, (2009)
  • E Tomai, K Forbus, “EA NLU: Practical Language Understanding for Cognitive Modeling”, Proceedings of the 22nd International Florida Artificial ..., (2009)
  • ... , S Sachdeva, H Ekhtiari, D Gentner, K Forbus, “The Role of Cultural Narratives in Moral Decision Making”, Proceedings of the 31th ..., (2009)
  • M Klenk, K Forbus, “Analogical model formulation for transfer learning in AP Physics”, Artificial Intelligence, (2009)
  • K Lockwood, K Forbus, “Multimodal knowledge capture from text and diagrams”, Proceedings of the fifth international conference on ..., (2009)