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First International Workshop on Intrinsic Motivations and Open-Ended Development in Animals, Humans, and Robots (IMOD-2009)

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IM-CLeVeR International Workshop will be held in Venice on November 15-17 2009. The workshop will be preceded, at the same venue, by EpiRob09 and is free of charge for EpiRob09 attendees. The Workshop will be on intrinsic motivations and abstraction supporting cumulative learning in children, adult humans, monkeys, and robots (see agenda below). The workshop will be wholly based on keynote speeches from outstanding researchers (see list and links to abstracts below). The event is planned to be a milestone event in the field of intrinsic motivations and cumulative learning.

When nov 15, 2009 08:30 to
nov 17, 2009 06:30
Where Venice, Italy
Contact Name
Attendees * Keynote speakers *
01 Baldassarre, Gianluca
02 Balkenius, Christian
03 Ballard, Dana
04 Barto, Andrew
05 Botvinick, Matthew
06 Gatsoulis, Yiannis
07 Grupen, Rod
08 Guglielmelli, Eugenio
09 Gurney, Kevin
10 Law, James
11 Lisman, John
12 Merrick, Kathrin
13 Mirolli, Marco
14 Oudeyer, Pierre-Yves
15 Redgrave, Peter
16 Ring, Mark
17 Schlesinger, Matthew
18 Schmidhuber, Juergen
19 Siddique, Mia
20 Sirois, Sylvain
21 Sutton, Richard
22 Triesch, Jochen
23 Verschure, Paul
24 Yamashita, Yuichi
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* Participants *
01 Baranes, Adrien
02 Bellemare, Marc
03 Caligiore, Daniele
04 Chersi, Fabian
05 Condel, Joan
06 Fiore, Vincenzo
07 Formica, Domenico
08 Gomez, Faustino
09 Guerin, Frank
10 Huelse, Martin
11 Huet, Cecil
12 Izett, Tom
13 Kawamoto, Kenta
14 Kerr, Emmet
15 Koene, Ansgar
16 Lee, Mark
17 Mannella, Francesco
18 Marshall, Jim
19 Mugan, Jonathan
20 Nori, Francesco
21 Ognibene, Dimitri
22 Pezzulo, Giovanni
23 Roa, Sergio
24 Rothkopf, Constantin
25 Sabe, Kohtaro
26 Santucci, Vieri
27 Sperati, Valerio
28 Stafford, Tom
29 Stober, Jeremy
30 Sumioka, Hidenobu
31 Taffoni, Fabrizio
32 Thirkettle, Martin
33 Ven, Antoine van de
34 Yoshikawa, Yuichiro
35 Zappacosta, Stefano
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Workshop Organizers

Marco Mirolli
Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione, CNR

Gianluca Baldassarre
Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione, CNR

Participants

List of all Participants with their affiliations

IM-CLeVeR Workshop

(Direct link to abstracts and presentations of the workshop)

The IM-CLeVeR International Workshop aims to be a milestone event on the topics of cumulative learning driven by intrinsic motivations, both in relation to organisms and robots. Some of the most outstanding researchers of the field will participate to the workshop.

The Workshop will be preceded by an event co-organised with the EpiRob09 conference, which will take place in the same venues on November 12-14 2009 (see agenda below), and by EpiRob09 conference itself, held at the same venue on November 12-14.

The three days of the workshop (November 15-17), opened free of charge to all participants (IM-CLeVeR partners, ISAB members, invited speakers, and EpiRob09 participants), will be wholly based on keynote presentations by several outstanding speakers expert on the topics of IM-CLeVeR, namely abstraction, intrinsic motivations, and cumulative learning (see below).

Venue

Venezia, Centro Culturale Don Orione Artigianelli (‘Aula Magna’ meeting room)
Zattere Dorsoduro 909/A,  30123 Venezia, Italy

Phone: +39 0415224077 Fax: +39 0415286214
e-mail: info@donorione-venezia.it
http://www.donorione-venezia.it/ing/struttura_servizi.htm

Agenda of the IM-CLeVeR Workshop (November 15-17)

(Direct link to document with all titles and abstracts of presentations)

 

15 November: Experiments and abstraction for cumulative learning

08:00-09:00: Registration
09:00-09:30: Marco Mirolli: Welcome and introduction to the IM-CLeVeR Workshop
09:30-10:15: Andrew Barto: Intrinsic motivations and reinforcement learning
10:15-11:00: Juergen Schmidhuber: The basic algorithmic principles of intrinsic motivation - Overview of work 1990-2009

11:00-11:30: coffee break

11:30-12:15: Peter Redgrave: What aspects of reinforcement learning are reinforced by phasic dopamine signals?
12:15-13:00: John Lisman: Towards an integrated view of memory and action selection: the role of dopamine in these processes

13:00-14:30: lunch (not organised)

14:30-15:15: Kevin Gurney: Learning novel action-outcome associations: computational analysis and biologically plausible modelling
15:15-16:00: Marco Mirolli: Integrating competence-based and knowledge-based intrinsic motivations
16:00-16:45: Pierre-Yves Oudeyer: The challenges of active learning and intrinsic motivation for learning motor control in high-dimensional robots

16:45-17:15: coffee break

17:15-18:30: Plenary discussion: Open challenges for research on intrinsic motivations

16 November: Intrinsic motivations for cumulative learning

09:00-09:45: Paul Verschure: The multi-level neuronal organization of perception, cognition and action in a Synthetic Forager
09:45-10:15: Yiannis Gatsoulis: Novelty detection in autonomous learning robots
10:15-10:45: Mia Siddique: Hierarchical/modular structures for accumulative learning

10:45-11:15: coffee break

11:15-12:00:  Gianluca Baldassarre: Piaget processes and action learning
12:00-12:45: Eugenio Guglielmelli: A mechatronic platform for research on intrinsically motivated cumulative learning

12:45-14:15: lunch (not organised)

14:15-15:00: James Law: Rearing an infant robot the LCAS way
15:00-15:45: Matthew Botvinick: Hierarchical structure in brain and behavior
15:45-16:30: Yuichi Yamashita: Self-organized functional hierarchy in a multiple timescale neural network model: synthetic neuro-robotic approach
16:30-17:15: Rod Grupen: The developmental organization of dexterous robot behavior

17:15-17:45: coffee break

17:45-18:45: Plenary discussion: Open challenges for research on hierarchical architectures for cumulative learning

20:00: social dinner

17 November: Hierarchical architectures for cumulative learning

09:00-09:45: Mark Ring: Building up
09:45-10:30: Sutton Richard: Core learning algorithms for intrinsically motivated robots

10:30-11:00: coffee break

11:00-11:45: Kathryn Merrick: Curious characters: from virtual worlds to sentient homes
11:45-12:15:  Matthew Schlesinger: Getting "value" from vision: investigating where infants look, and why
12:15-13:00: Jochen Triesch: Self-organization and reward-modulated learning in recurrent networks

13:00-14:30: lunch (not organised)

14:30-15:15: Christian Balkenius: Learning compositional structures by observing dynamical systems
15:15-16:00: Sylvain Sirois: Learning dynamics in habituation
16:00-16:45: Dana Ballard: Modular reinforcement learning as a model of embodied cognition

16:45-17:15: coffee break

17:15-18:15: Plenary discussion: Open challenges for research on perceptual abstraction for cumulative learning

18:15-18:30: Concluding remarks

Important dates

November 12-14, 2009: EpiRob2009

November 14 afternoon, 2009: joint session of EpiRob9,IM-CLeVeR, and Felix Growing

November 15-17, 2009 (from 8:30 to 18:30): IM-CLeVeR Workshop

Participation to the IM-CLeVeR Workshop by EpiRob09 Attendees

The IM-CLeVeR Workshop will be free of charge for the participants of the EpiRob09 Conference, but participation requires a confirmation by the IM-CLeVeR staff. To this purpose, send an email to 'simona dot bosco [at] istc dot cnr dot it' indicating your:

  1. Name and Lastname
  2. Affiliation
  3. Keywords on your research interests
  4. If you like, your homepage (this might be eventually linked in this website)

List of Speakers by Relation to IM-CLeVeR

Speakers of the workshop with affiliations, title of presentation and link to the abstracts of presentations.
(Direct link to document with all titles and abstracts of presentations)

People from IM-CLeVeR Consortium

1. Baldassarre, Gianluca (Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione, CNR) Abstract.
Piaget processes and action learning

2. Barto, Andrew (University of Massachusetts Ahmerst) Abstract
Where do Rewards Come From?

3. Gatsoulis, Yiannis (University of Ulster) Abstract
Novelty detection in autonomous learning robots

4. Guglielmelli, Eugenio (Università Camus Bio-Medico) Abstract
A mechatronic platform for research on intrinsically motivated cumulative learning

5. Gurney, Kevin (University of Sheffield, Department of Psychology) Abstract
Learning novel action-outcome associations: computational analysis and biologically plausible modelling

6. Law, James (Lee, Mark) (Aberystwyth University) Abstract
Rearing an infant robot the LCAS way

7. Mirolli, Marco (Istituto di Scienze eTecnologie della Cognizione, CNR) Abstract.
Integrating knowledge-based and competence-based intrinsic motivations

8. Redgrave, Peter (University of Sheffield, Department of Psychology) Abstract
What aspects of reinforcement learning are reinforced by phasic dopamine signals ?

9. Ring Mark (Scuola Univ. Profes. della Svizzera Italiana) Abstract
Building up

10. Schmidhuber, Juergen (Scuola Univ. Profes. della Svizzera Italiana) Abstract
The basic algorithmic principles of intrinsic motivation - Overview of work 1990-2009

11. Siddique, Mia (University of Ulster, School of Computing and Intelligent Systems) Abstract
Hierarchical/modular structures for accumulative learning

12. Triesch, Jochen (Goethe University, Frankfurt Institut for Advanced Studies) Abstract
Self-organization and reward-modulated learning in recurrent networks

People from IM-CLeVeR ISAB - International Scientific Advisory Board

1. Balkenius, Christian (University of Lund) Abstract
Learning compositional structures by observing dynamical systems

2. Oudeyer, Pierre-Yves (INRIA) Abstract
The challenges of active learning and intrinsic motivation for learning motor control in high-dimensional robots

3. Richard Sutton (University of Alberta) Abstract
Core learning algorithms for intrinsically motivated robots

4. Schlesinger, Matthew (Southern Illinois University, Psychology Department ) Abstract
Getting 'value' from vision: investigating where infants look, and why.

5. Verschure, Paul (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Laboratory for Synthetic Perceptive, Emotive and Cognitive Systems) Abstract
The multi-level neuronal organization of perception, cognition and action in a Synthetic Forager

Other outstanding scientists working on topics relevant for IM-CLeVeR

1. Ballard, Dana (University of Texas, Department of Computer Sciences) Abstract
Modular reinforcement learning as a model of embodied cognition

2. Botvinick, Matthew (Princeton University, Department of Psychology) Abstract
Task/subtask hierarchies in human behavior and brain

3. Grupen, Rod (University of Massachusetts Ahmerst) Abstract
The developmental organization of dexterous robot behavior

4. Lisman, John (Brandeis University) Abstract
 Towards an integrated view of memory and action selection; the role of dopamine in these processes

5. Merrick, Kathryn (University of New South Wales) Abstract
Curious characters: from virtual worlds to sentient homes.

6. Sirois, Sylvain (University of Manchester) Abstract
Learning dynamics in habituation

7. Yamashita, Yuichi (Tani, Jun) (RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Lab. for Behavior and Dynam. Cognition) Abstract
Self-organized functional hierarchy in a multiple timescale neural network
model: synthetic neuro-robotic approach

Logistics

Centro Don Orione

You can book the rooms by emailing Centro Don Orione. You can book at a later time also for the days of EpiRob9. Consider that the workshop is going to cover three full days.

The rules and prices for booking the rooms are as follows:
12 single rooms with bathroom € 80,00
32 double rooms with bathroom € 135,00 (8 double rooms can be used as single rooms, € 110,00)
8 triple rooms with bathroom € 170,00
These special rates will be offered until September 10. Note that rooms will be offered on a first-come first-serve basis, and subject to availability, so if you really want to stay in the Centre book in advance!

To book contact:
Venezia, Centro Culturale Don Orione Artigianelli (‘Goldoni’ meeting room)
Zattere Dorsoduro 909/A,  30123 Venezia, Italy
Phone: +39 0415224077 Fax: +39 0415286214
e-mail: info@donorione-venezia.it
http://www.donorione-venezia.it/ing/struttura_servizi.htm

Other hotels in Venice

This is  a list of further Hotels you can contact to book rooms:

Istituto Canossiano
Dorsoduro, 1323
Fondamenta delle Romite
30123 Venezia
Tel : 00 39 041 2409711
Fax: 00 39 041 2409712
e-mail: info@romite1323.com
www.collegiocanossave.it

B&B Art Academy
Dorsoduro, 1054
30123 Venezia
Tel: 00 39 041 5221113
Fax: 0039 041 8840136
e-mail: info@bbaccademia.com
www.bbaccademia.com/new/index.asp

Istituto Ciliota
Calle delle Muneghe (S. Stefano)
S. Marco, 2976
30124 Venezia
Tel: 00 39 041 5204888
Fax: 00 39 041 5212730
e-mail: info@ciliota.it
www.ciliota.it

Ca´ Centopietre

Dorsoduro, 1198
30123 Venezia
Tel. 041-2960838
Fax: 041-2447118
e-mail: info@centopietre.net
www.centopietre-venice.com

Casa Mons. Carbulotto
Santa Croce, 316
Fondamenta Rizzi
30125 Venezia
Tel: 00 39 041 710877
Fax: 00 39 041 710875

Domus Cavanis *
Dorsoduro, 896
30124 Venezia
Tel: 00 39 041 5287374
Tel: 00 39 041 740918
e-mail: info@domuscavani.it
www.domuscavani.org

Hotel agli Alboretti ***

Dorsoduro, 882
00123 Venezia
Tel: 00 39 041 5230058
Fax: 00 39 041 5210158
e-mail: info@aglialboretti.com
www.alialboretti.com

Hotel Belle Arti ***

Dorsoduro, 912
30123 Venezia
Tel: 00 39 041 52262300
e-mail: hotelbellearti.venezia@best-bookings.com
www.best-bookings.com

Hotel Ca' Pisani ****
Dorsoduro, 979/a
30123 Venezia
Tel: 00 39 041 2401411
e-mail: info@capisanihotel.it
www.capisanihotel.it