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Deferred Restructuring of Experience in Autonomous Machines

Objective

A holy grail in robotics and artificial intelligence is to design a machine that can accumulate adaptations on developmental time scales of months and years. From infancy through adult- hood, such a system must continually consolidate and bootstrap its knowledge, to ensure that the learned knowledge and skills are compositional, and organized into meaningful hierarchies. Consolidation of previous experience and knowledge appears to be one of the main purposes of sleep and dreams for humans, that serve to tidy the brain by removing excess information, to recombine concepts to improve information processing, and to consolidate memory.
Our approach – Deferred Restructuring of Experience in Autonomous Machines (DREAM) – incorporates sleep and dream-like processes within a cognitive architecture. This enables an individual robot or groups of robots to consolidate their experience into more useful and generic formats, thus improving their future ability to learn and adapt. DREAM relies on Evo- lutionary Neurodynamic ensemble methods (Fernando et al, 2012 Frontiers in Comp Neuro; Bellas et al., IEEE-TAMD, 2010 ) as a unifying principle for discovery, optimization, re- structuring and consolidation of knowledge. This new paradigm will make the robot more autonomous in its acquisition, organization and use of knowledge and skills just as long as they comply with the satisfaction of pre-established basic motivations.
DREAM will enable robots to cope with the complexity of being an information-processing entity in domains that are open-ended both in terms of space and time. It paves the way for a new generation of robots whose existence and purpose goes far beyond the mere execution of dull tasks.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/artificial intelligence
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data processing

Call for proposal

H2020-FETPROACT-2014
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

SORBONNE UNIVERSITE
Address
21 Rue De L'ecole De Medecine
75006 Paris
France
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 883 650,94

Participants (5)

UNIVERSIDADE DA CORUNA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 539 998
Address
Calle De La Maestranza 9
15001 La Coruna
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 110 323,55
Address
327 Mile End Road
E1 4NS London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS
France
EU contribution
€ 512 480
Address
Boulevard Saint Michel 60
75272 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
STICHTING VU
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 446 693
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 237 096,45
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments