Bringing up robot: The development of self-motivated control
Lisa Meeden
Swarthmore College
January 27, 2005
12:40 pm - 1:40pm
Olin 110

Developmental robotics is a move away from task-specific design where a robot is programmed to accomplish a particular pre-defined goal and instead explores the kinds of capabilities that a robot can discover through self-motivated control based on its own body and the dynamic structure of its environment. I will review the ways in which intrinsic value systems have been used with reinforcement learning to generate self-motivated control. Then I will describe our own approach that is based on the competition between two innate pressures within the developing robot: the need to accurately predict the environment while simultaneously trying to seek out novelty in the environment.

This work has been done in collaboration with Douglas Blank and Deepak Kumar at Bryn Mawr College, and James Marshall at Pomona College.

Lunch will be provided in Steinmetz 209 at noon.