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Paul Van Eecke

Assistant Researcher - PhD Student

language

2015

How Intrinsic Motivation can Speed Up Language Emergence

Topics:
Language
Authors
Miquel Cornudella , Paul Van Eecke , Remi van Trijp |

Proceedings of the European Conference on Artificial Life 2015, edited by:Andrews, Paul and Caves, Leo and Doursat, René and Hickinbotham, Simon and Polack, Fiona and Stepney, Susan and Taylor, Tim, MIT Press, Cambridge MA, 2015. pp.571--578.

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Abstract

Natural languages enable humans to engage in highly complex social and conversational interactions with each other. Alife approaches to the origins and emergence of language typically manage this complexity by carefully staging the learning paths that embodied artificial agents need to follow in order to bootstrap their own communication system from scratch. This paper investigates how these scaffolds introduced by the experimenter can be removed by allowing agents to autonomously set their own challenges when they are driven by intrinsic motivation and have the capacity to self-assess their own skills at achieving their communicative goals. The results suggest that intrinsic motivation not only allows agents to spontaneously develop their own learning paths, but also that they are able to make faster transitions from one learning phase to the next.

2015

Achieving Robustness through the Integration of Production in Comprehension

Topics:
Language
Authors
Paul Van Eecke |

Proceedings of the EuroAsianPacific Joint Conference on Cognitive Science, 2015. pp.187-192.