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From Brain Science to Intelligent Machines

IM-CLeVeR EU Project: “Intrinsically Motivated Cumulative Learning Versatile Robots”

Date: Wednesday 28/11/2012
Venue: MS020
Time: 1.00 pm
Speaker: Dr Yiannis Gatsoulis
Affiliation: Cognitive Robotics Team, ISRC, University of Ulster

IM-CLeVeR EU Project: “Intrinsically Motivated Cumulative Learning Versatile Robots”

By Dr Yiannis Gatsoulis
ISRC, University of Ulster


IM-CLeVeR is an Integrated Project (IP) project funded by the EC under FP7. It consists of eight European core partners from UK, Italy, Switzerland and Germany, and one consultant partner from USA. As an IP it brings together experts from different fields, those being robotics, machine learning, neuroscience and psychology.
IM-CLeVeR aims to develop a new methodology for designing robots controllers that can: a) cumulatively learn new efficient skills through autonomous development based on intrinsic motivations, and b) reuse such skills for accomplishing multiple, complex, and externally-assigned tasks. During skill-acquisition, the robots will behave like children at play which acquire skills autonomously on the basis of “intrinsic motivations”. During skill-exploitation, the robots will exhibit fast learning capabilities and a high versatility in solving tasks defined by external users due to their capacity of flexibly re-using, composing and re-adapting previously acquired skills.

Short biography:

Yiannis Gatsoulis is a Research Associate in the EU funded IP project "ImClever". He holds a PhD from University of Leeds and an MSc in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics from the University of Edinburgh. His research interests are in the areas of robotics and machine learning.