2. Symposium

Our second symposium took place on Monday and Tuesday, September 23 to 24, 2013, at the Tieranatomisches Theater in Luisenstraße 56, 10117 Berlin.

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We presented research results and discussed the major focus points of the 2nd call for proposals and the prospective research of the 2nd phase of our priority program.

Program

Monday, September 23, 2013

09:45 am Reception
10:00 – 10:45 Marc Toussaint: Welcome and information on schedule of the SPP’s 2nd phase

10:45 – 11:30 Block 1: Perception & Representations

Thomas Martinetz, Erhardt Barth: Learning Efficient Sensing for Active Vision (Esensing)
Reinhold Häb-Umbach: Sparse Coding Approaches to Language Acquisition

Discussion: Autonomous extraction of hierarchies and representations — what is the status quo, the limitations of current methods? Do the methods transfer to learning representations for behavior? What are common aspects, open questions and research ideas for the 2nd phase?

11:30 – 11:45 Coffee Break

11:45 – 13:00 Block 2: Reinforcement Learning

Klaus Obermayer: Value Representation in Large Factored State Spaces
Frank Pasemann: Learning to Behave in the Sensorimotor Loop — An Animat Approach
Nihat Ay, Eckehard Olbrich: An information theoretic approach to autonomous learning of embodied agents
Eyke Hüllermeyer, Johannes Fürnkranz: Reinforcement Learning with Qualitative Feedback

Discussion: Active learning vs. (predictive) entropic behavior — are the different notions of exploration clarified? Is there a path to unify and where would that lead? What are the advances w.r.t. autonomous extraction of hierarchies and representations in RL? What are common aspects, open questions and research ideas for the 2nd phase?

13:00 – 14:15 Lunch Break at Humboldt University Mensa Nord

14:15 – 15:45 Block 3: Behavior & Robotics

Tamim Asfour, Rüdiger Dillmann, Helge Ritter, Robert Haschke: Robots Exploring their Bodies Autonomously (REBA)
Sven Behnke: Autonomous Learning of Bipedal Walking Stabilization
Michael Beetz: Autonomous Learning for Bayesian Cognitive Robotics
Marc Toussaint, Kristian Kersting: Relational exploration, learning and inference Foundations of autonomous learning in natural environments

Discussion: What are the core challenges in autonomous robotics? What are shared aspects of our research — active learning and exploration? What are common aspects, open questions and research ideas for the 2nd phase?

15:45 – 17:00 Coffee Break with Poster Session

17:00 – 17:30 Guided Tour at Tieranatomisches Theater

18:30 Dinner at Restaurant „Honigmond“


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

09:00 – 10:30 Block 4: Applications

Patrick van der Smagt, Alex Graves: Active exploration in the high-dimensional data of an artificial Skin
Barbara Hammer, Niels Pinkwart: Learning Feedback in Intelligent Tutoring Systems (FIT)
Klaus-Robert Müller: Theoretical concepts for co-adaptive human machine interaction with application to BCI
Gregor Schöner: Development as autonomous learning: Emergence of developmental stages that lead from sensori-motor behaviors to embodied cognition

Discussion: What are common aspects, open questions and research ideas for the 2nd phase?

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 – 11:30 Review and activity report

11:30 – 12:30 Future research and 2nd SPP phase discussion

External researchers (so far planned: Oliver Brock, Jan Peters, Christian Igel, others) will join us in this discussion and put forward their potential project ideas.

The goal is to identify core aspects of autonomous learning that we have a shared interest in and will be reflected in the 2nd call for proposals.

13:00 – 14:15 Lunch break at Humboldt University Mensa Nord

14:15 – 15:15 Future research and 2nd SPP phase discussion

15:15 – 15:30 Coffee Break

15:30 – 16:30 Results, agreements and closing remarks

16:30 End of SymposiumOur second symposium took place on Monday and Tuesday, September 23 to 24, 2013, at the Tieranatomisches Theater in Luisenstraße 56, 10117 Berlin.

We presented research results and discussed the major focus points of the 2nd call for proposals and the prospective research of the 2nd phase of our priority program.

Program

Monday, September 23, 2013

09:45 am Reception
10:00 – 10:45 Marc Toussaint: Welcome and information on schedule of the SPP’s 2nd phase

10:45 – 11:30 Block 1: Perception & Representations

Thomas Martinetz, Erhardt Barth: Learning Efficient Sensing for Active Vision (Esensing)
Reinhold Häb-Umbach: Sparse Coding Approaches to Language Acquisition

Discussion: Autonomous extraction of hierarchies and representations — what is the status quo, the limitations of current methods? Do the methods transfer to learning representations for behavior? What are common aspects, open questions and research ideas for the 2nd phase?

11:30 – 11:45 Coffee Break

11:45 – 13:00 Block 2: Reinforcement Learning

Klaus Obermayer: Value Representation in Large Factored State Spaces
Frank Pasemann: Learning to Behave in the Sensorimotor Loop — An Animat Approach
Nihat Ay, Eckehard Olbrich: An information theoretic approach to autonomous learning of embodied agents
Eyke Hüllermeyer, Johannes Fürnkranz: Reinforcement Learning with Qualitative Feedback

Discussion: Active learning vs. (predictive) entropic behavior — are the different notions of exploration clarified? Is there a path to unify and where would that lead? What are the advances w.r.t. autonomous extraction of hierarchies and representations in RL? What are common aspects, open questions and research ideas for the 2nd phase?

13:00 – 14:15 Lunch Break at Humboldt University Mensa Nord

14:15 – 15:45 Block 3: Behavior & Robotics

Tamim Asfour, Rüdiger Dillmann, Helge Ritter, Robert Haschke: Robots Exploring their Bodies Autonomously (REBA)
Sven Behnke: Autonomous Learning of Bipedal Walking Stabilization
Michael Beetz: Autonomous Learning for Bayesian Cognitive Robotics
Marc Toussaint, Kristian Kersting: Relational exploration, learning and inference Foundations of autonomous learning in natural environments

Discussion: What are the core challenges in autonomous robotics? What are shared aspects of our research — active learning and exploration? What are common aspects, open questions and research ideas for the 2nd phase?

15:45 – 17:00 Coffee Break with Poster Session

17:00 – 17:30 Guided Tour at Tieranatomisches Theater

18:30 Dinner at Restaurant „Honigmond“


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

09:00 – 10:30 Block 4: Applications

Patrick van der Smagt, Alex Graves: Active exploration in the high-dimensional data of an artificial Skin
Barbara Hammer, Niels Pinkwart: Learning Feedback in Intelligent Tutoring Systems (FIT)
Klaus-Robert Müller: Theoretical concepts for co-adaptive human machine interaction with application to BCI
Gregor Schöner: Development as autonomous learning: Emergence of developmental stages that lead from sensori-motor behaviors to embodied cognition

Discussion: What are common aspects, open questions and research ideas for the 2nd phase?

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 – 11:30 Review and activity report

11:30 – 12:30 Future research and 2nd SPP phase discussion

External researchers (so far planned: Oliver Brock, Jan Peters, Christian Igel, others) will join us in this discussion and put forward their potential project ideas.

The goal is to identify core aspects of autonomous learning that we have a shared interest in and will be reflected in the 2nd call for proposals.

13:00 – 14:15 Lunch break at Humboldt University Mensa Nord

14:15 – 15:15 Future research and 2nd SPP phase discussion

15:15 – 15:30 Coffee Break

15:30 – 16:30 Results, agreements and closing remarks

16:30 End of Symposium