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June 2021

Date: June 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm CEST
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

 ABSTRACT: Central theories of learning in human agents emphasize that the quality of instruction and interaction between agents is of high importance for effective knowledge transfer. On the other side, within-agent characteristics such as a certain level of emotion and motivation is required to participate in social interactions. Consequently, the interplay between characteristics of social interactions…

Date: June 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CEST
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Venue: On Zoom

Abstract: Understanding and recreating intelligence is possibly the biggest scientific challenge of our time. Evolution has produced organisms that are highly specialised for some cognitive tasks, whereas others present what has been called general intelligence, with humans identified as the paragon. Artificial intelligence (AI), despite decades of efforts to achieve generality, is still specialised. It is…

Date: June 10 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm CEST
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Title: Time-Critical Social Mobilization Abstract: This seminar explores the physical, behavioral, and computational limits of crowd-assembly for problem-solving. I follow several real-world experiments where we utilized social media to mobilize the masses in tasks of unprecedented complexity. From finding red weather balloons to locating thieves in distant cities to reconstructing shredded classified documents, the potential of…

Date: June 5 @ 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm CEST
Time: 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Collective Intelligence or Collective Stupidity? Swarm intelligence in fish and humans (5 June, 10pm) In this talk, Pawel Romanczuk and Ralf Kurvers from our Excellence Cluster will explore swarm intelligence in fish and humans, investigating the role of single individuals and social interactions in collective decisions, also exploring when collectives make good decisions, and when they…

Date: June 5 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm CEST
Time: 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The SCIoI Science Pub Quiz (7:30–ca.10pm) Join us for a fun evening with Science of Intelligence (SCIoI) and sign up for this special edition of the Science Pub Quiz, organized with SCIoI! What is intelligence? Do beets float in water? Why should you pet your basil? We will be joined by Aravind Battaje and Lynn Schmittwilken,…

Date: June 5 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm CEST
Time: 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

ROBOFISH: Mit einem Fischroboter das Schwarmverhalten verstehen (in German, at 6:30pm and at 9:30pm) Um das Gruppenverhalten von Fischen zu studieren, haben wir unter Beteiligung der FU, HU und TU sowie des Leibniz-Instituts für Gewässerökologie und Binnenfischerei (IGB) einen Roboterfisch gebaut. Dieser ist einem Guppy nachempfunden und wird von lebenden Guppys als Artgenosse akzeptiert. Mit dem…

Date: June 3 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm CEST
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Abstract: More than three decades ago, it was proposed that certain natural systems can be viewed as self-organized critical systems, which self-tune themselves to special regions in parameter space close to so-called critical points, where the behavior of a system exhibits a qualitative change at the macroscopic scale, i.e. it undergoes a phase transition. Over the…

May 2021

Date: May 27 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm CEST
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

It is a commonly held assumption that the fovea is where the interesting action occurs. To scrutinize this assumption, we conducted a series of experiments that addressed the following question: How important are the different regions of the visual field for gaze guidance in everyday visual-cognitive tasks? Following on from classic findings for sentence reading, I will present key results from various experiments in…

Date: May 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm CEST
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Venue: On Zoom

Reasoning (or planning, rational decision making) seems a core aspect of intelligence -- but what exactly does that mean? If we observe clever behavior in an animal, can we claim it is based on reasoning? And doesn't the success of deep RL show us that we (as engineers) do not need reasoning? I'll discuss reasoning as…

Date: May 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm CEST
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Venue: On Zoom

Abstract Actions affect perception directly and in multiple ways, exerting their influence (1) by modifying parts of the external world, (2) through internal processes accompanying movement preparation, and (3) through the sensory consequences of moving the sensory surface itself (i.e., in vision, the retina). To understand these influences, psychology and neuroscience have long recognized the necessity…

April 2021

Date: April 29 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm CEST
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Venue: On Zoom

Speaker: Peter Dayan, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Hosted by Henning Sprekeler; moderated by Robert Tjarko Lange Peril, Prudence and Planning as Risk, Avoidance and Worry Risk occupies a central role in both the theory and practice of decision-making. Although it is deeply implicated in many conditions involving dysfunctional behavior and thought, modern theoretical…

Date: April 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm CEST
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Abstract: Oliver Brock will continue exploring about these five things: 1) Is intelligence non-decomposable? 2) Does intelligence require multiple computational paradigms? 3) To neuroscience or not to neuroscience? 4) A principle of intelligence? 5) It’s all about the prior Each section will be followed by Q&A&D. ***Want to attend this lecture? Subscribe to our mailing list…

Date: April 22 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm CEST
Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Girls' Day/Mädchen-Zukunftstag, happening digitally on 22 April, provides school girls around Germany with a day of informative activities aimed at guiding them in their career choices, focusing on career paths where women are usually underrepresented. SCIoI member Lynn Schmittwilken talks to school-aged girls about being a vision scientist. The event is in German. "In unserer Veranstaltung…

Date: April 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CEST
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

On Thursday 22 April 2021 EU Officers from the four institutions of the Berlin University Alliance (Edda Nitschke, FUB; Caroline Schleier, HUB; Elke Gehweiler, TUB; Mara Klein, Charité) will visit SCIoI and introduce European funding opportunities for bottom-up research. The focus will be on the grants offered by the European Research Council (ERC) as well as…

Date: April 17 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm CEST
Time: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The event, called “AI: A Tough Love” explores the connection between the calculating machine and the human being, and attempts to understand in what ways do the worlds of humans, nature, and technology collide. Throughout the afternoon, six great speakers will take a snapshot of today’s AI world to reflect on the current state of affairs,…

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