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February 2021

Date: February 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CET
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

One of its most remarkable features of human intelligence is the mind's ability to discover and continuously refine its own algorithms. This enables people to discover clever heuristics for mastering most everyday decisions very efficiently. But some less familiar situations require different decision strategies that many people haven’t had a chance to discover yet. In this…

Date: February 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CET
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Finding flexible tool use and manufacture in non-specialized animals, may contribute to our understanding of the origins of tool-related cognition. Goffin's cockatoos are Indonesian parrots that originate from a small archipelago in the Moluccas. They are highly opportunist generalists that forage on a large number of different and often patchily distributed or seasonal resources. Accordingly, they…

Date: February 4 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm CET
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Visual perception is shaped by the input from our physical environment and by expectations derived from our sensory experience with the visual world. But is what we see also influenced by higher cognitive capacities such as memories, language, semantic knowledge or (true or false) beliefs? And if so, what are the consequences on how we perceive…

Date: February 4 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 pm CET
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm

All animal ethical positions are largely in agreement that animals – as beings capable of suffering – must be morally considered for their own sake and that certain consequences for one's own actions must be derived from this. This insight has been incorporated into animal protection legislation based on the EU Directive 2010/63. German legislation requires…

January 2021

Date: January 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm CET
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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Date: January 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CET
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Reconstructing the locomotion of key vertebrate fossil specimens offers insights into their palaeobiology and helps to conceptualize major transitions in vertebrate evolution. A unique combination of an articulated nearly complete early land-living vertebrate fossil specimen and fossilized trackways was the starting point for an in-depth reconstruction of the locomotion based on the integration of image-based analyses…

Date: January 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm CET
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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December 2020

Date: December 17, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm CET
Time: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Venue: On ZOOM (Contact us for Link)

For decades, Patricia Churchland has contributed to the fields of philosophy of neuroscience, philosophy of the mind and neuroethics. Her research has centered on the interface between neuroscience and philosophy with a current focus on the association of morality and the social brain. A Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego and…

Date: December 10, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm CET
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Venue: On ZOOM (Contact us for Link)

Experimenting with Intelligence Abstract. Within just 7 years, behavioral decision research in psychology underwent a dramatic change. In 1967, Peterson and Beach (1967a) reviewed more than 160 experiments concerned with people’s statistical intuitions. Invoking the metaphor of the mind as an intuitive statistician, they concluded that “probability theory and statistics can be used as the basis…

Date: December 3, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm CET
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

I will present a model of continuous-time opinion dynamics for an arbitrary number of agents that communicate over a network and form real-valued opinions about an arbitrary number of options.  The model generalizes linear and nonlinear models in the literature. Drawing from biology, physics, and social psychology, we introduce an attention parameter to modulate social influence…

Date: December 3, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CET
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Venue: On ZOOM (Contact communication@scioi.de for link)

BIO: Michael Pauen is a philosopher with a focus on the philosophy of mind. As the academic director of an interdisciplinary graduate school, he has extensive experience in interdisciplinary research and training. Having a specific interest in philosophical and psychological aspects of human sociality, he will focus on social intelligence both in humans and in artificial…

November 2020

Date: November 26, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm CET
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Seeing by moving: the indissoluble bond between perception and action Establishing a representation of space is a major goal of sensory systems.  Spatial information, however, is not always explicit in the incoming sensory signals. In most modalities it needs to be actively extracted from cues embedded in the temporal flow of receptor activation. Vision, on the…

Date: November 19, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm CET
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Venue: On ZOOM (Contact us for Link)

Collective Information Processing - From Simple Flocking Models to Real Ecological Systems Abstract: Collective systems such animal groups or cellular ensembles represent fascinating examples of self-organization in biology. In contrast to non-living physical systems, self-organized biological collectives are results of long-term evolutionary adaptations to a specific ecological niche, where collective behavior provides evolutionary benefits to individual…

Date: November 12, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am CET
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Minimize Surprise in Robots: An Innate Motivation for Collective Behavior After a quick overview of other related research projects in my lab (bio-hybrid systems, swarm performance, collective decision-making), I will present our work on minimize surprise for multi-robot systems. Each robot has two artificial neural networks, a world model (“prediction machine”) and a behavioral module ("action…

Date: November 10, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CET
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Artificial Intelligence: a philosophical, ethical and social overview. As part of the series “6 o’clock with SCIoI” series of talks within the Berlin Science Week, the panelists will discuss with the public about the philosophical, ethical and social issues raised by AI research and applications. Please visit the Berlin Science Week website to access the event.…

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