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Alan Rosen (born August 19, 1927) is a robotic neurobiologist, machine consciousness designer, space systems engineer-scientist, and nuclear physicist, known for his design and development of robotic machines that exhibit characteristics of human intelligence, consciousness, and emotions.
1.2 Academic career,
1.3 Robotic neurobiology,
1.4 Space systems engineering,
2.1 Theories of consciousness, emotions, and cognition,
Alan Rosen was born in Israel to Orthodox Jewish parents. He rejects Atheism and supports Darwinian Reconstructionist Jewish institutions. His parents, born in Poland, emigrated to Israel in 1922, with the ideal of building a homeland for the Jews.
In 1936, the family of four, now consisting of 6-year-old Elaine and 9-year-old Alan emigrated to the USA. Alan Rosen served in the US Navy during World War II (1944-1948), and earned a BA-physics, BS-physics, and PhD-Nuclear Physics in 1958. Elaine, his younger sister, is a committed Jehovah Witness.
Alan married his colleague fellow physicist Anda Meisels in 1956 and divorced in 1985. He has 5 sons from that marriage, 2 of them, David B. and Mark A. Rosen contributing to the field of Robotic Neurobiology. David B. Rosen is co-author on many of the Rosen's robotic neurobiological publications. Alan re-married a chemist in 1985 and has one daughter who graduated from NYU. She is currently attending Law School. She is not yet practiced in all areas of the law.
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1954-1972 Dr. Rosen was Lecturer and assistant Professor of Physics and Mathematics at the University of Southern California (intermittently).,
1963-64 Adjunct Professor at UC Berkeley, UCLA, UCSD, and UC Riverside. Statewide coordinator and Lecturer of a course called space physics, based on a text book of that same title by Alan Rosen, and published by John Wiley & Son.,
1972 Adjunct Professor. Los Angeles Valley College: Bioelectricity: Electric and Magnetic measurements in Man.,
1980: consultant, lecturer and advisor to various universities under the Visiting Scientist Program in Physics (VSPP) sponsored by the American Institute of Physics, under a grant from the National Science Foundation,
Adjunct Professor at USC; presented a graduate course in Spacecraft Systems Design.,
1970-1971 Principal investigator with a research grant from the NIH Heart and Lung Institute to study the vector magnetocardiographic waveform generated by the human heart. Published 4 papers on "Magnetic Recordings of the Heart's Electrical Activity with a Cryogenic Magnetometer". J. Appl. Phys. 42:10 p. 3682 Sept. 1971,
In 1993, Founded the Machine Consciousness., after retiring from TRW, with 34 years experience in systems Engineering and Technical direction (SETD), under the tutelage of Reuben Mettler, Dean Wooldridge, Simon Ramo, and others now regarded as the greatest systems engineers of that generation. (The name "Machine Consciousness" is based on Dean wooldridge's book The Machinery of the Brain) The primary objective was to apply system engineering and reverse engineering to one of the most perplexing problems of our age: Human consciousness and Human Emotion.,
In 2003 obtained a patent from the US Patent Office on the Relational Robotic Controller (RRC).,
In 2005 Published the results of 12 years of robotic neurobiological research in the preview edition of the MCTJ-Android Engineering Journal,
2004-present: Over 20 publications in the peer reviewed literature and presentations at scientific conferences and meetings.,
Space systems engineering:
1960-1975 Principal investigator for NASA: conducted experiments on explorer 6 Pioneer 1 and 2, the Pegasus spacecraft, and the Relay Satellite. Noteworthy Accomplishments:,
First to traverse and map the outer boundary of the Van Allen Radiation Belts.,
First to map the complete inner and outer radiation zone,
Co-author and editor of 4 books: Space Physics, published by John Wiley 1964; Space Sciences, published by Wiley 1965; Spacecraft Charging by Magnetospheric Plasmas. Vol 47. Published by the AIAA with cooperation of MIT Press; and Medical and Biological Aspects of the Energies of Space, edited by Paul Campbell, Columbia Univ. Press: New York and London, 1961,
1975-1985 Laboratory Director Space Sciences Laboratory: A research Laboratory devoted to Plasma Physics, Magnetospheric Physics and space instrumentation.,
1985-1992 Advanced Systems Manager for the Science and Applications Business Area.,
Dr. Rosen is director of Research at Machine Consciousness (MCon), is the originator of the discipline of robotic neurobiology and founder of the Robotic Neurobiology Society. Since 1993, at MCon, he developed and holds patents on the design of conscious, emotional and intelligent humanoid robots. He is an authority in robotic neurobiology, consciousness, and emotions. Prior to 1993, at TRW, he was an advanced systems manager in the science and applications satellite business area, and a laboratory director of the Space Sciences Laboratory. In 1959, when he was hired by TRW Inc., he was a professor of physics and mathematics, at the University of Southern California. At this time, he is a member of the IEEE-computational Intelligence Society, Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, International Neural Network Society (INNS), and other neuroscience societies. He is the author of 4 books and published a large number of scientific papers in the peer-reviewed literature. Rosen's specialty is systems engineering and reverse engineering the Darwinian adaptations of biological organs, with emphasis on the human brain and somatic sensory systems. For the past 15 years, working with his son, David B. Rosen, he has reverse-engineered the total functional operation of the human brain, human consciousness, human emotion, human speech comprehension and verbalization, and human intelligence. His robotic neurobiological designs lead to advances in the field of humanoid robotic engineering, neurobiology, psychology, psychiatry, somatic and autonomic medicine, education, and sociobiology.
Theories of consciousness, emotions, and cognition:
His theories, publications and presentations form the basic foundation for future developments in the field of Robotic neurobiology and humanoid robotic systems engineering. The basic assumption underlying all his discoveries and innovations is that the human brain and the consciousness and emotional characteristics associated with it, is an organic Darwinian adaptation, genetically designed with consciousness and emotional drives so as to statistically enhance the survival of the human species in its environmental niche. His controversial theories are outlined in 3-publications-available for viewing at the MCon.org website:
A video-taped invited presentation: The Turing Machine Re-visited--The design of a conscious-emotional machine to the IEEE-RCIIC Chapter of the Computational Intelligence Society. Presented July 8, 2007, at Northrop Grumman Inc. May be viewed at http://www.MCon.org/media/ieee_rcicc0607.mov,
"An Emotional Robotic Brain and How it works", Published by the editors of the MCON Journal, may be viewed at http://mcon.org/howbrain.html,
"Darwinian Consciousness and How it Works", Published by the editors of the MCON Journal, may be viewed at http://mcon.org/wic.html,
Alan Rosen is the author co-author or editor of 4 technical books, and over 70 science and engineering contributions to various journals and international conferences in the fields of robotic Neurobiology, space Science, and Systems engineering and technical Direction. (The first 19 publications in robotic neurobiology are co-authored by David B. Rosen. All others may have various co-authors)
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