This section contains the last news related to the INSIGHT project, and the list of events and meetings with the participation of the project partners.
INSIGHT project video
Radio Interview of Prof. Dr. Floreano of EPFL on Robogen
Prof. Dr. Dario Floreano, Director of the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems (LIS) at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), talks about Robogen in this interview at the Italian radio channel Radio 24.
Invited lecture at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam
On Nov 18, 2015 Joshua Auerbach from EPFL will be at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam for an invited lecture
Researchers from the INSIGHT project and external experts from EVOEVO and other projects, meet at PARMENIDES FOUNDATION in occasion of a thematic workshop.
Robogen website launched!
The group of Prof. Dario Floreano at EPFL, launched a new website on Robogen: ROBOT GENERATION THROUGH ARTIFICIAL EVOLUTION. Take a look!
Luc Steels is the curator of the exhibition "Arte@IJCAI. Inteligencia artificial" organized jointly with the IJCAI, the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, the main international gathering of researchers in AI. The aim of the exhibition was to create a bridge between the conference and the citizens of Buenos Aires.
The exibithion will take place at the Centro Cultural Borges Viamonte 525, CABA Buenos Aires Argentina
IJCAI Conference 2015
The INSIGHT project will participate at the IJCAI Conference, the most important world-wide conference in Artificial Intelligence which will take place in Buenos Aires this summer. During the event, that attracts thousands of researchers and technologists from all over the world, the project's results will be presented by the INSIGHT key researchers.
Researchers from the INSIGHT project and external experts meet today to consolidate ideas on neuronal function. The workshop takes place at Balatonfüred (Hungary) and it is coordinate by prof. Eörs Szathmary
INSIGHT XXVI month project meeting
The XXVI month project meeting will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland the next 27th and 28th April 2015.
Extension of the project
The European Commission officially accepted the consortium's request of extending the project duraton of further six months, in order to complete the activities to be perfomed in the frame of the project, and to ensure the achievement of the results expected. The project is providing encouraging results, therefore the extension will be a good change to ensure the project's success.
WORKSHOP "THE NATURE of INSIGHT - PART II"
The PARMENIDES FOUNDATION organized a workshop to provide new neuro-cognitive models and experimental paradigms that help us to better understand the foundations of insight problem solving, and share ideas that foster our further projects.
XXI Month meeting
The XXI Month Meeting will be held in Udine (Italy) the next 5th and 6th November 2014.
From the 18th to the 22nd August an INSIGHT Workshop was organised in Brighton.
Bio-Inpsired AI Class
Master Level Course in Lausanne, Switzerland from February to May 2014.
Review Project Meeting
The INSIGHT Review meeting will take place from the 28th to the 29th April 2014, in Brussels (Belgium).
The AISB 2014 Convention at Goldsmiths, University of London (hereafter AISB-50) will commemorate both 50 years since the founding of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour (the AISB) and sixty years since the death of Alan Turing, founding father of both Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. The convention will be held at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK from the 1st to the 4th April 2014, and will follow the same overall structure as previous conventions. This will include a set of co-located symposia hosting events that include talks, posters, panels, discussions, demonstrations, and outreach sessions.
PhD Studentship in Bio-inspired Cognitive Architectures for Open-Ended Learning Queen Mary, University of London -School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
A fully funded PhD is available to work as a part of our group studying Darwinian Neurodynamics, a new theory of the brain that explores how Darwinian principles may be integrated with supervised and unsupervised learning. The candidate will develop cognitive architectures capable of accumulation of adaptation, transfer learning, and creativity in robot control. Robots will learn a series of tasks. The skills acquired in earlier tasks will be reusable in later tasks, thus allowing incremental learning. The critical research question is what kinds of cognitive architecture are most suitable for transfer learning in reinforcement learning problems? Knowledge of machine learning, evolutionary computation, and reinforcement learning is highly desirable, but an interest and enthusiasm for developing complete models of cognition is key. Experience in computer vision, computational neuroscience, and cognitive science is also desirable. You'll be working alongside an EU group that includes Prof. Eors Szathmary (Munich), Prof. Dario Floreano (EPFL), Prof. Luc Steels (Barcelona) on the FP-7 Funded Project INSIGHT, and a John Templeton Foundation funded project "Bayes, Darwin and Hebb". This will additionally fund visits to partners in Europe where you will present your work. You will be expected to also work as part of robozoo.co.uk to test your cognitive architectures in a range of 3D printed robots, the Nao Humanoid robot, and other robotic systems for sale to the general public. The PhD is funded from either EPSRC (3.5 years UK Residents only) or an International studentship (3 years). To apply, please follow the on-line process (see the apply button below) by selecting “Computer Science” in the “A-Z list of research opportunities” and following the instructions on the right hand side of the web page. I request a statement of research interest that should answer two questions: (i) Why are you interested in the proposed area? (ii) What is your experience in the proposed area? Your statement should be brief: no more than 500 words or one side of A4 paper. In addition I would also like you to send a sample of your written work. This might be a chapter of your final year dissertation, or a published conference or journal paper. More details can be found at: www.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/phd/apply.php Also you are strongly advised to contact Chrisantha Fernando (email@example.com) to arrange an informal discussion and to obtain our research papers in Darwinian neurodynamics prior to your application.
The closing date for the applications is 31st. January 2014
Interviews are expected to take place in Mid February 2014
Dr Chrisantha Fernando and UK NAO are pleased to announce a competition open to all London NAO hackathon 2013 attendees
Prize: £500 provided by the "European FP-7 INSIGHT Project on Darwinian Neurodynamics in Humans and Robots"
Question: If Nao can decide, how should it decide what is interesting to do such that it keeps producing novel but non-trivial new behaviours?
Possible Answers: •Maximize surprise? •Minimize prediction error? •Maximise compressibility of its models of the world? •Maximize the variance in quality of solutions? Conditions of entry: •The work must lead to a journal publication with Dr Chrisantha Fernando (QMUL). •The work must be the original work of the entrants. •Entrants must attend the hackathon and work on the behaviour at the hackathon. •Dr. Fernando decides whether any behaviour sufficiently addresses the question. •The winner (if any) co-operates with Dr. Fernando when writing the paper. •The prize will be awarded on publication of the paper.
Entering this competition does not exclude people from winning any other prizes at the hackathon. For further information please contact Dr. Fernando directly via email ( firstname.lastname@example.org) or skype (chrisantha-f). This work is supported by the "European FP-7 INSIGHT Project on Darwinian Neurodynamics in Humans and Robots"