Embodied Simulations for Cognitive Interaction

21. November 2011 - 23. November 2011
ZiF, Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Bielefeld

The workshop focuses on cognitive mechanisms like internal simulation — how these mechanisms contribute to cognition, how they are grounded in motor control and how they might operate. Following a cybernetic approach, we want to present our approach of a minimal cognitive system — called reaCog — which is based on a biologically inspired control framework for hexapod walking and has been extended towards a cognitive system, i.e. a system that is able to plan ahead through internally simulating and evaluating variations of existing behaviors.

It is our goal to start extending this model towards a communicative one. We understand communication as a tool. First, to structure action, i.e. coordinate cooperative behavior and align joint actions. Secondly, to structure thought, i.e. guide the formation of conceptual spaces and inform planning processes through driving internal simulations and providing heuristic information.

The extension of the system towards a communicative and cooperative agent shall be realized as a collaboration with the group of Narayanan from the ICSI in Berkeley. The central concepts of this project will be presented and shall be complemented through contributions from related approaches.

Immediately following the workshop we will begin with the first more technical meetings.

Tentative Program

Monday November 21

9.00 - 9.10 Welcome address Holk Cruse
9.10 – 10.00 Malte Schilling
10.00 – 11.00 Srini Narayanan
11.00 -11.30 Coffee break
11.30 – 12.30 Stefan Kopp

12.30 Lunch

14.00 – 15.00 Max Garagnani /Friedemann Pulvermüller/
15.00 – 15.30 David Schlangen
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 -16.30 Pia Knoeferle
16.30 – 17.00 Katharina Rohlfing
17.00 – 17.30 Britta Wrede
17.30 – 18.00 Philipp Cimiano

19.00 Dinner

Tuesday, November 22

9.00 Jun Tani
10.00 Yiannis Aloimonos
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 -12.30 Helge Ritter

12.30 Lunch

14.00 small discussion groups

Wednesday, November 23
Very small discussion groups