Research and Development


Phoster Corporation

The Phoster Corporation researches and develops artificial intelligence, educational technology, computational modeling and simulation, artificial mental simulation, artificial imagination, computational creativity, intelligent narrative technologies, entertainment technologies as well as scientific, collaboration and productivity software.

We advance science and education. We educate, equip and empower individuals, organizations and communities. We advance collaboration, productivity, industry and economies. We address global issues and challenges, and we provide new solutions.

Adam Sobieski

Adam Sobieski is an artificial intelligence researcher, developer and entrepreneur.

His research interests include: argumentation, artificial intelligence, cognitive linguistics, cognitive science, computational linguistics, creativity, developmental psychology, education, educational psychology, ethics, imagination, interpretation, linguistics, mathematics, narrative, play, psychology, reading, simulation, social psychology and writing.

The Advancement of Artificial Intelligence

We advance the theory and practice of artificial intelligence.

The Advancement of Artificial Mental Simulation and Artificial Imagination

We advance the theory and practice of artificial mental simulation and artificial imagination. Artificial mental simulation and artificial imagination are biologically-inspired, cognition-based, engineering approaches to computational modeling and simulation systems and to computer-automated design and engineering systems.

Artificial mental simulation research topics include the comprehension of domain-independent scientific simulations for dialogue systems to answer questions about, discuss and explain the models and simulations.

The advancement of artificial intelligence-based modeling and simulation advance the tools of design, engineering and manufacturing, the tools of industry, business intelligence and economics, the tools of the sciences and of education. The imagination has long fascinated cognitive science and research into artificial imagination can provide new scientific understanding of the mind as well as new technologies.

The Advancement of Education

We advance education. We advance forefront education technology research. We advance and expand the capabilities of intelligent tutoring systems for the sciences, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics, as well as for design, language, literature, philosophy and law.

The advancement of intelligent tutoring systems requires advancing the architectures and the components of such systems. Advancing the architectures and the components of intelligent tutoring systems improves other existing tools and products and makes possible new tools and products for students, educators, administrators, and school systems.

We advance and expand the capabilities of digital textbooks. Topics of interest to us include the interoperability of digital textbooks with intelligent tutoring software and the machine-utilizability of corpora of digital textbooks. Corpora of digital textbooks are envisioned as resources to artificial intelligence and to knowledge-based systems.

The Advancement of Democracy

We advance democracy. We advance city-scale e-democracy and the capabilities of collaboration and productivity software, e-participation software.

We advance democracy on the international stage alongside industry partners, alongside major players in collaboration and productivity software, and alongside each and every organization of the Worldwide Web Consortium.

We encourage the advancement of public school and university social studies curricula to better prepare students for participatory democracy in the years and decades ahead. On these topics we communicate directly with the United States Department of Education and the National Council for the Social Studies.

The Advancement of Economics

We advance economics and computational economics. We advance and expand the capabilities of the technology supporting the individual and group processes of economists and economics researchers.

We advance and expand the capabilities of technologies supporting interdisciplinary modeling and simulation, communication and decision-support systems. Interdisciplinary modeling and simulation scenarios include those of computational sustainability, computational economics, climatology, ecology and agricultural science.

The Advancement of Computational Ethics

We advance computational ethics. Computational ethics is the part of the ethics of artificial intelligence concerned with moral psychology, moral reasoning, decision-making and behavior. While popular culture depicts computational ethics as logic-based, i.e. Asimov’s laws of robotics, computational ethics also includes the cognitive modeling of moral development, motivation, identity, character, reasoning, decision-making and behavior.

Computational ethics topics include moral reasoning in the contexts of hypothetical reasoning, play, role-playing, narrative, interactive narrative and interactive digital entertainment. Applications of computational ethics include computer-aided and computer-automated storytelling technologies, digital directors, actors and characters, including non-player characters that are heroes alongside and mentors to players.

Computational ethics topics include moral reasoning in the contexts of academia, science, industry and government. Applications of computational ethics include computer-aided and computer-automated moral reasoning, legal informatics systems, systems that people can debate with, intelligent tutoring systems for philosophy and law education, automated planning and scheduling components and decision-support systems.

The Advancement of Argumentation

We advance argumentation theory and technology.

The Advancement of Nutritional and Biomedical Science

We advance nutritional science, biomedical science, digital microscopy and biological modeling and simulation.

The highest standards of excellence for the nutrition of children, throughout pregnancy and all stages of development, must be established and must raise as the sciences, technology, and our understanding of human development, health, fitness and performance advance.

The advancement of biomedical science facilitates the alleviation of suffering, the treatment and curing of injuries and diseases, the extension of the human lifespan and the improvement of quality of life.

Digital microscopes and their recordings facilitate scientific and scholarly communication, education, collaboration and productivity. The advancement of digital microscopy increases student interest in places of learning, the scientific literacy and productivity of mankind.

The advancement of biological modeling and simulation advance nutritional science, biomedical science, digital microscopy, computer vision, perception and computer-aided and computer-automated diagnosis.