About the Interplay of Embodiment and Learning in Intelligent Systems

February 8, 2023, 5:30 p.m. (CET)

ELLIS Distinguished Lecture Series
In the Oliver Brock is Alexander-von-Humboldt Professor of Robotics in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Technische Universität Berlin, and will give the talk "About the Interplay of Embodiment and Learning in Intelligent Systems".

Time: February 8, 2023, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Meeting mode: in presence
Venue: ELLIS Unit Stuttgart
Universitätstraße 32

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About the Interplay of Embodiment and Learning in Intelligent Systems

Biological intelligent systems manifest their intelligence in physical interactions with other agents and with their environment. Such interactions require embodiment. Intelligence, both artificial and biological, also requires some kind of learning. But what is the relationship between the two? How should the two interact? Do they even have to? What could be a common ground on which this relationship can be explored, negotiated, and ultimately designed? In this presentation, I will attempt to provide my personal answers to these questions. I will argue that one of the reasons (deep) machine learning has not yet been able to replicate its smashing successes in the context of robotics lies in the widespread disregard for the important capabilities provided by the body. Instead of considering embodiment, machine learning seems to be resorting to massive use of physical simulations. This seems to be unnecessarily complicated without being convincingly effective.

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