The Clarion Team

Current Members

Ron Sun, Professor

Department of Cognitive Science
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute




Current research interests include:
  • Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence in general
  • Cognitive Architectures
  • Learning and Skill Acquisition
  • Cognitive Social Simulation and Multi-Agent Systems
  • Everyday Commonsense Reasoning
  • Computational Studies of Consciousness
  • Connectionist Models and Hybrid Systems

Nicholas Wilson, Postdoctoral Research Associate

Department of Cognitive Science
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Lead developer for the Clarion Library.


Current research interests include:
  • Computational theories of personality
  • Appraisal theory & emotion
  • Anxiety-induced performance degradation
  • Multi-agent social interaction
  • The interaction between motivation & meta-cognition
  • Episodic memory
  • Theory & engineering of cognitive architectures


Michael Lynch, Lecturer

Department of Language Literature & Communications
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute




Current research interests include:
  • Interactive Storytelling
    • Especially the design of better game world and story world characters through the use of cognitive architectures
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Games
    • Including the emerging areas of social intelligence, conversational agents, and the modeling of emotion in non-player characters
  • Game Design & Development
  • The History & Culture of Games


Shane Bretz, Graduate Research Assistant

Department of Cognitive Science
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute




Current research interests include:
  • Morality

Emily O'Leary, Graduate Research Assistant

Department of Cognitive Science
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute




Current research interests include:
  • Social simulation

Past Members