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AIC Seminar Series

Expectation Engines: Biological Substrates for Choices and Habits

Christopher Ian ConnollyAritificial Intelligence Center, SRI International[Home Page]

Date:  2007-07-19 at 16:00

Location:  EJ228 (SRI E building)  (Directions)

   Abstract

Martingales provide a theoretical framework for examining exploratory and habitual behavior. The ``expectation engine’’ for a finite martingale can be constructed using a resistive network or digital relaxation algorithm. Potentials in the resistive network are exactly the expected values (as a function of state) for the corresponding martingale. This talk will explore the relationships among exploratory and habitual behavior in a state-space context, using the physiology and pathology of the basal ganglia as a source of inspiration.

   Bio for Christopher Ian Connolly

Areas of research:

  • Computer vision
  • Robotic path planning
  • Computational neuroscience
  • Experimental neuroscience.

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