[Comp-neuro] [publication and call for dialog] IEEE CIS Newsletter on Cognitive and Developmental Systems

Pierre-Yves Oudeyer pierre-yves.oudeyer at inria.fr
Wed Oct 10 14:26:03 CEST 2018


Dear colleagues,

we are happy to announce the release of the latest issue of the IEEE CIS Newsletter on Cognitive and Developmental Systems (open access).
This is a biannual newsletter addressing the sciences of developmental and cognitive processes in natural and artificial organisms, from humans to robots, at the crossroads of cognitive science, developmental psychology, artificial intelligence, machine learning and neuroscience. 

It is available at: https://goo.gl/NAwBfD

Featuring dialog:
=== "Curiosity as Driver of Extreme Specialization in Humans"
== Dialog initiated by Celeste Kidd
with responses from: Elizabeth Bonawitz, Maya Zhe Wang, Brian Sweis, Benjamin Hayden, Susan Engel, Abigail Hsiung, Shabnam Hakimi, Alison Adcock, Moritz Daum, Arjun Shankar, Tobias Hauser, Goren Gordon and Perry Zurn
== Topic: Curiosity-driven learning is probably one of the most fundamental mechanisms in human learning, and yet it is also probably one of the least understood. Broadly construed as spontaneous exploration and engagement with activities or material without any extrinsic goal (as opposed to searching for information useful for an extrinsic goal), many mysteries remain to be uncovered. What are the causal links between curiosity and learning? How does prior knowledge about a topic or an activity relates to curiosity about this topic? What is the role of curiosity in life-span development? Can human curiosity explain the apparently unique tendency of humans for extreme specialization? Reversely, how do different forms of curiosity (diversive or specific) evolve as children grow up and become adults? While early computational models of curiosity propose theoretical approaches to understand their cognitive mechanisms, how can we understand the affective/ emotional dimensions of curiosity? And how has the linguistic concept of “curiosity” evolved in occidental culture?

Call for new dialog:
=== « Leveraging Adaptive Games to Learn How to Help Children Learn Effectively"
== Dialog initiated by George Kachergis
==  Topic: How can one achieve efficiently “translational educational sciences” and get these principles used in real-world large-scale educational technologies? In this dialog, Georges Kachergis highlights challenges related to collaborations between cognitive scientists and game developers, how to deploy real world experiments, and how to enable scientific understanding when many variables cannot easily be controlled? Those of you interested in reacting to this dialog initiation are welcome to submit a response by December 15th, 2018. The length of each response must be between 600 and 800 words including references (contact pierre-yves.oudeyer at inria.fr).

Let us remind you that all issues of the newsletter are all open-access and available at: https://goo.gl/ZjjZNz

I wish you a stimulating reading!

Best regards,

Pierre-Yves Oudeyer,
Editor of the IEEE CIS Newsletter on Cognitive and Developmental Systems
Research director, Inria
Head of Flowers project-team
Inria and Ensta ParisTech, France
http://www.pyoudeyer.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/pyoudeyer

and 

Fabien Benureau, Editorial Assistant
Cognitive NeuroRobotics Unit, 
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
1919-1 Tancha, Onna, Okinawa
Japan
Email: fabien.benureau [at] oist [dot] jp
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