Wajahat Mahmood Qazi


Title NiHA: Nature-inspired Humanoid Cognitive Computing Platform for Self-aware and Conscious Agents

Although a number of cognitive artifacts have been published in the literature, which provides potential solutions for the construction of artificial consciousness (AC). Indeed, their designs are based on established theories and approaches. In addition to current practices, there are a number of other potential aspects which may have significance in the modeling of consciousness and are needed to be explored. This study addresses the significance of these issues and introduces NiHA (Nature-inspired Humanoid Cognitive Computing Platform for Self-aware and Conscious Agents) along with its reference cognitive architecture (QuBIC). NiHA is a work in progress, which was initiated to study various correlates of consciousness in-silico. Initially, we started with the ad-hoc implementation of NiHA, with the objective to assess the potential of the underlying design assumptions and to formulate a working theoretical framework (unified theory of artificial mind). We do realize that a number of correlates (quantum correlates, brain/mind dualism, substrate dualism), are not openly accepted by the established researchers in the field. Therefore, the objective of this study is not to provide arguments in support these fringe theories, rather it is to utilize their computational strength when it comes to the modeling of consciousness. In this regard, this study will share few results from some of the studies done using NiHA and QuBIC; whereas, details will be published elsewhere. These results were collected from following experimental/pilot studies which address various aspects of consciousness like imaginations, dreams, role of glucose and insulin interplay in the regulation of psycho-physical pathways.


Wajahat M. Qazi is working as Assistant Professor at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore and heading “Intelligent Machines and Robotics” research group. His area of research are Quantum Cognitive Computing and Machine Consciousness. Currently, he is developing a quantum and bio-inspired software framework for the implementation of systems (agents/robots) which possess a certain level of consciousness. Within the area of machine consciousness and robotics he has contributed in the development of following artifacts: QuBIC (A cognitive architecture), quantum computing framework, quantum neural computing framework and unified theory of artificial mind.