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).

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Enactive Cognitive Architecture

Olivier L. Georgeon, James B. Marshall, and Riccardo Manzotti 2013. ECA: An enactivist cognitive architecture based on sensorimotor modeling. Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures, Volume 6, pp. 46-57, doi: 10.1016/j.bica.2013.05.006. Also presented at BICA2013.

This paper introduces a new way of modeling an agent interacting with an environment called an Enactive Markov Decision Process, inspired by the Theory of Enaction. It also describes Ernest's motivational principle in relation with the autotelic principle (Steels, 2004) and the optimal experience principle (Csikszentmihalyi, 1990). It introduces ECA, the Enactive Cognitive Architecture that drives Ernest 11, and it reports the Ernest 11.2 experiment.