CNRG in Berlin for Cognitive Science 2013

Eleven members of the CNRG were in Berlin recently for the 35th meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. Now that Spaun has been published, we're branching out in several domains to make the next generation of Spaun even more impressive.

Xuan Choo presented a new general instruction following task that can be done by Spaun and other models using the Semantic Pointer Architecture. [Paper, Slides]

Terry Stewart presented a poster which described a new, more general way to communicate with Spaun. [Paper, Poster]

Eric Hunsberger presented improvements to Spaun's vision system, and applied it to image categorization, matching human performance in two well-known tasks. [Paper, Slides]

Aziz Hurzook and Oliver Trujillo presented a poster describing a novel model that can process motion in the visual field, and make decisions based on that motion. [Paper, Poster]

Trevor Bekolay presented improvements to how Spaun learns, and showed that this learning mechanism could be how something like Spaun might develop. [Paper, Slides]

Peter Blouw presented a poster describing a simple way to encode large vocabularies in order to extract semantic meaning of words that can be readily implemented in a neural model like Spaun. [Paper, Poster]

Eric Crawford presented a method to encode human-scale knowledge (e.g., the words that would be used in Peter's work) in a tiny amount of simulated cortex. [Paper, Slides]

And last but not least, Daniel Rasmussen presented a poster describing a model that solves reinforcement learning tasks with unknown time delays with spiking neurons. [Paper, Poster]

Not only did we have nine papers accepted, four CNRG members also received generous travel awards. Eric Hunsberger and Daniel received EUCog travel awards, and Trevor and Xuan received AI Journal travel awards. Congratulations to all!

But that's not all! Our fearless leader Chris Eliasmith and Terry spent the whole first day of the conference giving a tutorial on Nengo, the software that we use to make large-scale neural models. [Writeup]

Berlin was a lot of fun, and we're looking forward to attending Cognitive Science 2014 in Quebec City next July!

Conferences of Interest

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