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).

Monday, October 29, 2012

Ernest's source code

Ernest's source code is available here with the instructions to use it. The cleaned-up and tested recommended revision is r296. This revision demonstrates the exact behavior of Ernest 7 reported in the Small Loop Experiment.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Interactional Motivation

 Olivier L. Georgeon, James B. Marshall, and Simon L. Gay 2012. Interactional Motivation in Artificial Systems: Between Extrinsic and Intrinsic Motivation.  In proceedings of the 2nd Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics (EPIROB 2012), San Diego, pp. 1-2.

This paper presents the notion of interactional motivation that drives Ernest, and compares it to reinforcement learning as it is traditionally implemented in Partially Observable Markov Decision Processes (POMDPs).