HAL 10: Haskell Workshop in Leipzig

HAL 10: Haskell Workshop in Leipzig

Haskell is a modern functional programming language fostering the rapid development robust and correct software.

Since 10 years we organize in Leipzig and Halle (Germany) an annual workshop called HAL on theory and application of Haskell. Big thanks to Johannes Waldmann for his major efforts in Organization.

See webpage for more details.

4. und 5. Dezember 2015, HTWK Leipzig

 

Biologically Plausible Synaptic Plasticity

Biologically Plausible Synaptic Plasticity

To find how autonomous behavior and its development can be realized by a brain or an artificial neural network is a fundamental challenge for neuroscience and robotics. Commonly, the self-organized unfolding of behavior is explained by postulating special concepts like internal drives, curiosity, specific reward systems, or selective pressures. We propose a simple, local, and biologically plausible synaptic mechanism that enables an embodied agent to self-organize its individual sensorimotor development without recourse to such higher-level constructs. When applied to robotic systems, a rich spectrum of rhythmic behaviors emerges, ranging from locomotion patterns to spontaneous cooperation between partners. A possible utilization of our novel mechanism in nature would lead to a new understanding of the early stages of sensorimotor development and of leaps in evolution.

Paper: R. Der and G. Martius. Novel plasticity rule can explain the development of sensorimotor intelligence. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2015.  . [ bib | DOI | http | arXiv ]
See also the Supplementary page.