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  • William J. Rapaport

  • Computer Science And Engineering

    University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
    327 Davis Hall
    Buffalo, NY 14260-2500
    Phone: (716) 645-4765
    Lab Phone: (716) 645-1589
    FAX: (716) 645-3464
    Email: rapaport@buffalo.edu
    Personal Page: http://www.cse.buffalo.edu/faculty/rapaport


  • Associate Professor Emeritus
  • Member, Center for Cognitive Science
  • Affiliated Faculty, Linguistics
  • Affiliated Faculty, Philosophy

Research Areas

Knowledge Representation, Computational Linguistics, and Cognitive Science
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Knowledge Representation is a subarea of Artificial Intelligence concerned with understanding, designing, and implementing ways of representing and using information in computers to support human-level cognitive behavior. KR research at UB focusses on logic-based approaches that underlie natural-language use, reasoning, and rational acting. Computational Linguistics research in the department extends to investigations of computational approaches to general natural language processing, including understanding and generation. Departmental researchers are active participants in UB's Center for Cognitive Science, the interdisciplinary study of mind. | More »

Research Centers

Center for Cognitive Sciences (COGSCI)

image of COGSCIThe Center for Cognitive Science is the representation on the University at Buffalo campus of an academic and private-sector movement, named "cognitive science", that has been expanding over the last two decades both in the U.S. and abroad. The aim of this development is to investigate the nature of cognition, i.e., of intellective processes as exhibited either by the human mind or by computer. Most centrally, cognitive science is the study of how the mind works, both in its conceptual organization and in its computational and neural infrastructure. Accordingly, cognitive science has brought together researchers from a number of traditionally separate disciplines -- primarily, computer science, psychology, linguistics, philosophy, anthropology , and neuroscience -- in order to build a new and unified understanding of cognition that is compounded from the different disciplinary perspectives and that moves beyond them. | More »


Technical Reports

Rapaport, William J.. Philosophy of Computer Science: An Introductory Course, June 21, 2005.
Rapaport, William J.. Holism, Conceptual-Role Semantics, and Syntactic Semantics, August 17, 2001.
Rapaport, William J.. How to Pass a Turing Test: Syntax Suffices for Understanding Natural Language, June 8, 1999.
Rapaport, William J.; Ehrlich, Karen. A Computational Theory of Vocabulary Acquisition, April 14, 1998.
Rapaport, William J.. Implementation Is Semantic Interpretation, November 21, 1997.
Ehrlich, Karen; Rapaport, William J.. A Computational Theory of Vocabulary Expansion, May 5, 1997.
Rapaport, William J.. Understanding Understanding: Semantics, Computation, and Cognition, July 17, 1996.
Rapaport, William J.. Cognitive Science, October 29, 1996.
Rapaport, William J.. How Minds Can Be Computational Systems, May 31, 1996.
Rapaport, William J.; Shapiro, Stuart C.; Wiebe, Janyce M.. Quasi-Indexicals and Knowledge Reports, October 26, 1995.
Koepsell, David R.; Rapaport, William J.. The Ontology of Cyberspace: Questions and Comments, April 22, 1995.
Ehrlich, Karen; Rapaport, William J.. A Computational Theory of Vocabulary Expansion: Project Proposal, March 21, 1995.
Rapaport, William J.. Understanding Understanding: Syntactic Semantics and Computational Cognition, October 20, 1994.
Shapiro, Stuart C.; Rapaport, William J.. The SNePS Family, September 1, 1990.
Rapaport, William J.. Computer Processes and Virtual Persons: Comments on Cole's "Artificial Intelligence and Personal Identity", May 1, 1990.
Rapaport, William J.. Cognitive Science (Superseded by TR 96-19), May 1, 1990.
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