Composability in Cognitive Hierarchies
This paper develops a theory of node composition in a formal framework for cognitive hierarchies. It builds on an existing model for the integration of symbolic and sub-symbolic representations in a robot architecture consisting of nodes in a hierarchy. A notion of behaviour equivalence between cognitive hierarchies is introduced and node composition operators that preserve this equivalence are defined. This work is significant in two respects. Firstly, it opens the way for a formal comparison between cognitive robotic systems. Secondly, composition, more precisely decomposition, has been shown to be important to many fields, and may therefore prove of practical benefit in the context of cognitive systems.