A Modelling Framework for Functional Imagination.

Marques, Hugo Gravato, Holland, Owen and Newcombe, Richard (2008) A Modelling Framework for Functional Imagination. In: Symposium on Computing and Philosophy, AISB Convention, 2008, Aberdeen.

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Imagination is generally regarded as a very powerful and advanced cognitive ability. In this paper we propose a mod- elling framework for what we call functional imagination: the ability of an embodied agent to simulate its own behav- iors, predict their sensory-based consequences, and extract behavioural benefit from doing so. We identify five key com- ponents of architectures for functional imagination, and claim that they may be both necessary and sufficient. We outline a typical architecture, explain the flow of control within it, and describe a typical testing scenario using nested physics-based robot models. We also show how malfunctions within such an architecture may produce effects reminiscent of those found in certain human pathologies.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Depositing User: Owen Holland
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:48
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2012 10:36
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/28253
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