Systems, models and self-awareness: Towards architectural models of consciousness

Ricardo Sanz*, Carlos Hernández, Jaime Gómez Rivas, Julita Bermejo-Alonso, Manuel Rodríguez, Adolfo Hernando, Guadalupe Sánchez-Escribano

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The lack of a well established theory of consciousness is a major difficulty in the construction of machines that express some of the functionalities associated to them. The ASys long term project intends the construction of assets for engineering any-scale, self-aware autonomous systems. A core element in this effort is the proposal of an architecture for consciousness of general applicability. In this article we analyze some of the current problems present in the construction of machines based on cognitive models and propose a model-based strategy to enhance the rigor of the theorization on consciousness and its mapping into realizations in technical systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-279
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Journal of Machine Consciousness
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • cognitive models
  • Consciousness
  • machine consciousness
  • model-driven engineering
  • systems engineering

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