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First interdisciplinary symposium on Information-seeking, curiosity and attention

The past few years have seen a surge of interest in the mechanisms of active learning and information seeking, and this body work has highlighted a number of highly significant questions regarding higher cognition and its development.

  • Date : 6/11/2014 to 7/11/2014
  • Place : Centre Inria Bordeaux - Sud-Ouest
  • Organiser(s) : Pierre-Yves Oudeyer (Inria, Bordeaux, France) - Jacqueline Gottlieb (Columbia University, NY, USA) - Manuel Lopes (Inria, Bordeaux, France)

One question is how subjects explore to build explanatory models of their environment, and how these models further constrain the sampling of additional information. A related question is how the brain generates the intrinsic motivation to seek information when physical rewards are absent or unknown, and how this impacts cognitive development in the long term. Our goal is to stimulate discussion on these and related topics and foster further research in this nascent and complex field.

The meeting will be single-track and consist of oral presentations by each participant unfolding over 2 or 3 days. There will be plenty of opportunities for questions and informal discussions. We will also organize a visit to a renowned winery in Bordeaux.

The meeting is generously sponsored by Inria through a collaborative grant to the organizers’ laboratories (Inria Neurocuriosity associated team), and by an ERC European project (Explorers) on which Pierre-Yves Oudeyer is an investigator.

Keywords: Curiosity Active learning Information seeking FLOWERS Project-team