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FP7 INSIGHT

INSIGHT

Project ID: 308943
Finanziato nell'ambito di

INSIGHT - DARWINIAN NEURODYNAMICS

Dal 2013-03-01 al 2016-08-31, progetto concluso | INSIGHT Sito web

Dettagli del progetto

Costo totale:

EUR 2 863 634

Contributo UE:

EUR 2 219 079

Coordinato in:

Germany

Invito a presentare proposte:

FP7-ICT-2011-CSee other projects for this call

Meccanismo di finanziamento:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Description

Despite eminent and numerous attempts to understand complex thinking, insight problem solving and language acquisition, one is left with the feeling that an essential component of these processes is being overlooked. This project offers and elaborates the Neural Replicator Hypothesis (NRH) stating that this missing ingredient is true Darwinian neurodynamics of replicators within the brain itself. Previous related approaches have been either sketchy, metaphorical, merely philosophical, or have used selection but not replication. INSIGHT is based on, and will refine, plausible neurobiological foundations of neuronal replicators despite the fact that neurons do not reproduce. It will show that Darwinian neurodynamics offers a credible and efficient algorithm for approximate Bayesian inference in the brain. The project will investigate the NRH in three ways: (1) The hypothesis will be worked out rigorously using formal models and computer simulations, (2) Its empirical relevance will be tested both from the viewpoint of neurophysiology using cell cultures, and from the viewpoint of human psychology using psychological experiments and neuroimaging. (3) Its ICT application potential is tested for two critical domains: robotics and language communication. Robotics work will test whether Darwinian neurodynamic controllers can be constructed that allow robots to engage in open-ended creative autonomous exploration.

Language processing research will test whether detailed models of language learning that are based on a replicator dynamics of grammatical constructions is effective for explaining and synthesizing creative linguistic performance.

Obiettivo

Despite eminent and numerous attempts to understand complex thinking, insight problem solving and language acquisition, one is left with the feeling that an essential component of these processes is being overlooked. This project offers and elaborates the Neural Replicator Hypothesis (NRH) stating that this missing ingredient is true Darwinian neurodynamics of replicators within the brain itself. Previous related approaches have been either sketchy, metaphorical, merely philosophical, or have used selection but not replication. INSIGHT is based on, and will refine, plausible neurobiological foundations of neuronal replicators despite the fact that neurons do not reproduce. It will show that Darwinian neurodynamics offers a credible and efficient algorithm for approximate Bayesian inference in the brain. The project will investigate the NRH in three ways: (1) The hypothesis will be worked out rigorously using formal models and computer simulations, (2) Its empirical relevance will be tested both from the viewpoint of neurophysiology using cell cultures, and from the viewpoint of human psychology using psychological experiments and neuroimaging. (3) Its ICT application potential is tested for two critical domains: robotics and language communication. Robotics work will test whether Darwinian neurodynamic controllers can be constructed that allow robots to engage in open-ended creative autonomous exploration. Language processing research will test whether detailed models of language learning that are based on a replicator dynamics of grammatical constructions is effective for explaining and synthesizing creative linguistic performance.

Coordinatore

PARMENIDES STIFTUNG
Germany

Contributo UE: EUR 592 080


KIRCHPLATZ 1
82049 MUNCHEN
Germany
Activity type: Research Organisations
Contatto amministrativo: Eörs Szathmáry
Tel.: +49 89 45209 350
Fax: +49 89 452093 511

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Partecipanti

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland

Contributo UE: EUR 529 015


BATIMENT CE 3316 STATION 1
1015 LAUSANNE
Switzerland
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contatto amministrativo: Dario Floreano
Tel.: +41 21 693 5966
Fax: +41 21 693 5859

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UNIVERSIDAD POMPEU FABRA
Spain

Contributo UE: EUR 423 514


PLACA DE LA MERCE, 10-12
08002 BARCELONA
Spain
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contatto amministrativo: Eva Martin
Tel.: +34935422140
Fax: +34935421440

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IN Srl
Italy

Contributo UE: EUR 70 000


via Florio 40
33010 Tavagnacco
Italy
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contatto amministrativo: Laura Martinelli
Tel.: +390432575227
Fax: +390432575227

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THE UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX
United Kingdom

Contributo UE: EUR 491 354


SUSSEX HOUSE FALMER
BN1 9RH BRIGHTON
United Kingdom
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contatto amministrativo: Amanda Britt
Tel.: +44 1273 873831

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QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
Partecipazione terminata
United Kingdom

Contributo UE: EUR 113 116


327 MILE END ROAD
E1 4NS LONDON
United Kingdom
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contatto amministrativo: Reuben Almeida
Tel.: +44 20 7882 6038

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