Posted February 24, 2002|
Dr. Anthony G. Francis, Jr. is
a researcher in artificial intelligence,
a professional software developer
and a science fiction author.
He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech
in 2000 for his research on context-sensitive asynchronous
memory, a cognitively-inspired model of memory which uses
task context to improve memory retrieval in computer systems.
His research explores the influence of context on memory,
reasoning and behavior. Sensitivity to context is one of
the hallmarks of intelligence, enabling agents to decide
how to expend their limited resources effectively
in different environmental situations. His research
has investigated the influence of context on memory and
planning, emotion and decision making, and information retrieval.
His professional software development began with database
applications for financial aid software and circuit board
assembly lines. More recently, his professional work focused
on applications for the Internet, including research in
information retrieval for Enkia Corporation and development
of data transmission components for Police Central, Incorporated.
Dr. Francis also researches and develops technologies and
applications for games and interactive entertainment.
He has served as a consultant on technologies for interactive
entertainment applications, has developed emotion and
personality modules for robotic pets, and is currently
studying artificial intelligence techniques for computer
His other resarch interests include
a variety of areas in cognitive science and
cognitive psychology, including animal cognition,
natural language understanding, and the impact
of cognitive science on disciplines such as
Dr. Francis develops and maintains the Library
of Dresan site, named after a prominent landmark
in his Alliance series of fiction. His stories
explore the frontier of artificial intelligence,
physics, genetics and nanotechnology, always
seeking to understand how people will live their
lives in a world of infinite possibilities.
Dr. Francis lives in Atlanta, Georgia, a city
in the forest filled with good food, good
bookstores and serving as a frequent terminus in
the travels of many good friends.