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ICS Research Seminar: "Exploring robotic minds: actions, symbols, and consciousness as self-organizing dynamic phenomena"

07.03.2018


ICS Research Seminar: "Exploring robotic minds: actions, symbols, and consciousness as self-organizing dynamic phenomena" by Prof. Jun Tani, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, Okinawa/Japan.

My research motivation has been to investigate how cognitive agents can acquire structural representation via iterative interaction with the world, exercising agency and learning from resultant perceptual experience. Over the past 20 years, my group has tackled on this problem by investigating the idea of predictive coding applied to the development of cognitive constructs of robots. Under the principle of predictive coding, dense interaction takes place between the top-down intention proactively acting on the outer world and the resultant bottom-up perceptual reality accompanied with the prediction error. Our finding has been that compositionality enabling some conceptualization can emerge via such iterative interaction as the result of downward causation in terms of constraints such as multiple spatio-temporal scale property applied to the neural network modeling. It has been also shown that some structural accounts for phenomenology of consciousness and free will can be provided by analysis on this dynamic interaction between the top-down and the bottom-up processes. Finally, I will point to one aim of future research, how the deep mind of a robot may arise through long-term developmental and educational process.

Presentation at 10:00h, March 14, 2018, seminar room 2026 in Karlstr. 45.