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Computational and Robotic Models of the Hierarchical Organization of Behavior

Editors: Baldassarre, Gianluca, Mirolli, Marco (Eds.)

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  • Interdisciplinary authors from related disciplines such as artificial intelligence, robotics, artificial life, evolution, machine learning, developmental psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience
  • Identifies scientific and technological open challenges and most promising research directions
  • Shows evidence that modularity and hierarchy are pivotal organization principles of behavior
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Current robots and other artificial systems are typically able to accomplish only one single task. Overcoming this limitation requires the development of control architectures and learning algorithms that can support the acquisition and deployment of several different skills, which in turn seems to require a modular and hierarchical organization. In this way, different modules can acquire different skills without catastrophic interference, and higher-level components of the system can solve complex tasks by exploiting the skills encapsulated in the lower-level modules. While machine learning and robotics recognize the fundamental importance of the hierarchical organization of behavior for building robots that scale up to solve complex tasks, research in psychology and neuroscience shows increasing evidence that modularity and hierarchy are pivotal organization principles of behavior and of the brain. They might even lead to the cumulative acquisition of an ever-increasing number of skills, which seems to be a characteristic of mammals, and humans in particular.

This book is a comprehensive overview of the state of the art on the modeling of the hierarchical organization of behavior in animals, and on its exploitation in robot controllers. The book perspective is highly interdisciplinary, featuring models belonging to all relevant areas, including machine learning, robotics, neural networks, and computational modeling in psychology and neuroscience. The book chapters review the authors' most recent contributions to the investigation of hierarchical behavior, and highlight the open questions and most promising research directions. As the contributing authors are among the pioneers carrying out fundamental work on this topic, the book covers the most important and topical issues in the field from a computationally informed, theoretically oriented perspective. The book will be of benefit to academic and industrial researchers and graduate students in related disciplines.

About the authors

Dr. Gianluca Baldassarre is a Researcher at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) where he is a member of the Laboratory of Computational Embodied Neuroscience; his research interests include computational embodied neuroscience, psychology, neuroscience, developmental robotics, artificial life, and machine learning.

 

Dr. Marco Mirolli is a Researcher at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) where he is a member of the Laboratory of Computational Embodied Neuroscience Laboratory; his research interests lie in the study of behavior through computer simulations, in particular the evolution of communication and language, the role of language as a cognitive tool, the biological bases of motivations and emotions, and the role of intrinsic motivations in cumulative learning.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Computational and Robotic Models of the Hierarchical Organization of Behavior: An Overview

    Pages 1-10

    Baldassarre, Gianluca (et al.)

  • Behavioral Hierarchy: Exploration and Representation

    Pages 13-46

    Barto, Andrew G. (et al.)

  • Self-Organized Functional Hierarchy Through Multiple Timescales: Neuro-dynamical Accounts for Behavioral Compositionality

    Pages 47-62

    Yamashita, Yuichi (et al.)

  • Autonomous Representation Learning in a Developing Agent

    Pages 63-80

    Mugan, Jonathan (et al.)

  • Hierarchies for Embodied Action Perception

    Pages 81-98

    Ognibene, Dimitri (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Computational and Robotic Models of the Hierarchical Organization of Behavior
Editors
  • Gianluca Baldassarre
  • Marco Mirolli
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-39875-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-39875-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-39874-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-51402-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 358
Number of Illustrations
43 b/w illustrations, 73 illustrations in colour
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