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The Cognitive Body: from Dynamic Modulation to Anticipation
Cognition and Interaction Lab, University of Skövde, Skövde, Sweden.
Cognition & Interaction Lab, University of Skövde, Skövde, Sweden,.
Cognition & Interaction Lab, University of Skövde, Skövde, Sweden,.
2003 (English)In: Anticipatory Behavior in Adaptive Learning Systems: Foundations, Theories, and Systems / [ed] Butz, Martin V.; Sigaud, Olivier; Gérard, Pierre, Springer, 2003, 132-151 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Starting from the situated and embodied perspective on the study of cognition as a source of inspiration, this paper programmatically outlines a path towards an experimental exploration of the role of the body in a minimal anticipatory cognitive architecture. Cognition is here conceived and synthetically analyzed as a broadly extended and distributed dynamic process emerging from the interplay between a body, a nervous system and their environment. Firstly, we show how a non-neural internal state, crucially characterized by slowly changing dynamics, can modulate the activity of a simple neurocontroller. The result, emergent from the use of a standard evolutionary robotic simulation, is a selforganized, dynamic action selection mechanism, effectively operating in a context dependent way. Secondly, we show how these characteristics can be exploited by a novel minimalist anticipatory cognitive architecture. Rather than a direct causal connection between the anticipation process and the selection of the appropriate behavior, it implements a model for dynamic anticipation that operates via bodily mediation (bodily-anticipation hypothesis). This allows the system to swiftly scale up to more complex tasks never experienced before, achieving flexible and robust behavior with minimal adaptive cost.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2003. 132-151 p.
Series
Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, ISSN 0302-9743 ; 2003:X
National Category
Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-77227ISBN: 978-3-540-40429-3 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-77227DiVA: diva2:525645
Available from: 2012-05-08 Created: 2012-05-08 Last updated: 2012-05-25Bibliographically approved
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1. Modeling the Role of Energy Management in Embodied Cognition
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Modeling the Role of Energy Management in Embodied Cognition
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The quest for adaptive and autonomous robots, flexible enough to smoothly comply with unstructured environments and operate in close interaction with humans, seems to require a deep rethinking of classical engineering methods. The adaptivity of natural organisms, whose cognitive capacities are rooted in their biological organization, is an obvious source of inspiration. While approaches that highlight the role of embodiment in both cognitive science and cognitive robotics are gathering momentum, the crucial role of internal bodily processes as foundational components of the biological mind is still largely neglected.

This thesis advocates a perspective on embodiment that emphasizes the role of non-neural bodily dynamics in the constitution of cognitive processes in both natural and artificial systems. In the first part, it critically examines the theoretical positions that have influenced current theories and the author's own position. The second part presents the author's experimental work, based on the computer simulation of simple robotic agents engaged in energy-related tasks. Proto-metabolic dynamics, modeled on the basis of actual microbial fuel cells for energy generation, constitute the foundations of a powerful motivational engine. Following a history of adaptation, proto-metabolic states bias the robot towards specific subsets of behaviors, viably attuned to the current context, and facilitate a swift re-adaptation to novel tasks. Proto-metabolic dynamics put the situated nature of the agent-environment sensorimotor interaction within a perspective that is functional to the maintenance of the robot's overall `survival'. Adaptive processes tend to convert metabolic constraints into opportunities, branching into a rich and energetically viable behavioral diversity.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2012. 116 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 1455
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-77231 (URN)978-91-7519-882-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2012-06-12, G109, hus G, Högskolan i Skövde, Skövde, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2012-05-25 Created: 2012-05-08 Last updated: 2012-05-25Bibliographically approved

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