Olivier Georgeon's research blog—also known as the story of little Ernest, the developmental agent.

Keywords: situated cognition, constructivist learning, intrinsic motivation, bottom-up self-programming, individuation, theory of enaction, developmental learning, artificial sense-making, biologically inspired cognitive architectures, agnostic agents (without ontological assumptions about the environment).

Friday, February 17, 2012

Implementing spatial awareness

Implementing Spatial Awareness in an Environment-Agnostic Agent. Simon Gay, Olivier Georgeon, Jong Wook Kim. Presented at the 21st Annual Conference on Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation (BRIMS 2012). Amelia Island, Florida. March 12-15. 62-69.

This paper presents Ernest 10.4 and our more general work on endowing an autonomous agent with a sense of space. We introduce the notions of local space memory, persistence memory, and bundles. In particular, we argue that this initial spatial awareness lays the bases for the emergence of external causality. Ernest now attributes the cause of sensory stimulations to phenomena situated in the external environment.