10-11 October 2011 - Fifth EUCogII Members Conference, Groningen
Updated on 9/10/2011
|Sunday, October 9th|
|Shuttle buses: train station to hotel, after each arrival of train from Schiphol airport (XX:14 and XX:58. Starting with the train arriving 12:14, ending with the 00:14 train.)|
|Monday, October 10th|
Cognition, Consciousness & Ecology: What Can Nature Tell Us About Autonomy? › [Abstract] Video →
Cognitive roboticists normally assume nature is the golden standard for intelligence. Yet what does the natural world show us about the nature and limitations of autonomy? Are bacteria autonomous? Are humans? Has language or some other uniqueness endowed us with freedom from constraint? If there is an autonomy divide among cognitive agents on this planet, which side can we expect our robots to be on? If there is an autonomy continuum, where along it would we like our robots to be?
The powerful pull of the past: Effects of habit formation on self-control, goal pursuit, and "illusions of autonomy" › [Abstract] Video →
Action repetition in stable environments leads eventually to the formation of habits. Although outwardly appearing much like any other action, habits are controlled in qualitatively unique ways, which will be explored in this talk. In particular, we document how habit formation involves a shift in the balance between self-generated goal states and environmental cues as causes of action. We also explore the complex intersection of habits and self-control. Contrary to conventional thinking, we find that people often thrive when they lack internal self-control (i.e., willpower), because this forces them to fall back on habits, many of which are highly functional. Finally, we explore the nature of people's insight (or lack of insight) into the triggers of habitual behavior. People make systematic errors when they try to attribute their habits to underlying causes. Moreover, these errors give rise to interesting "illusions of autonomy" that can lead people awry when they try to change their behavior for the better.
|14.00||Members presentations session “Diversity in autonomy research” 21 presentations (4 minute talk + 1 minute questions/turnover) →|
|16.30||Group discussion on 'Autonomous activity in real-world environments' →|
|18.30||Move to restaurant (bike/bus/walking)|
|22.00||Return to hotel|
|Tuesday, October 11th|
Robots and Real World Ethics › [Abstract] Video →
Ethics is sometimes viewed as too incoherent, imprecise, impractical, unjustifiable, irrelevant, or impossible to implement in machines. But with the likelihood of computers, particularly autonomous robots, having major impacts on our lives in the future, ethical considerations must be taken into account when building them. This talk will explore how that can be done.
|11.15||Presentations of the 8 groups (5 minutes each)|
|Buses back to the railway station to connecting trains.|