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What is a cognitive map? - Unraveling its mystery using robots

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PLEASE NOTE: This AINC seminar will take place on Tuesday 13 Dec

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Host: Prof. Jeremy Wyatt

Abstract: The theory of cognitive mapping in spatial cognition posits that many different species learn a map of its environment. However, in recent years, the theory has been seriously challenged while a noble prize has been awarded for the discovery of the neural substrate for such a map. In this talk, I hope to unravel the mystery of cognitive mapping using robots. First, I present a novel parsimonious view-based model of cognitive mapping and second, empowering a robot with it, I show what is computed is not a single global metric map which is problematic but rather a series of disjointed global maps. The resulting process bears many aspects of cognitive mapping and provides insights into how cognitive mapping could have evolved in different species, from insects to humans, and why our perception of the world is stable.

This talk is part of the Artificial Intelligence and Natural Computation seminars series.

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