This minimal cognition model will be useful in the philosophical debate regarding the widely assumed necessity of understanding bee dance in a representational way…

4E Cognition Group

Referential communication as a collective property of a brain-body-environment-body-brain system: A minimal cognitive model

Jorge I. Campos and Tom Froese

Referential communication is a complex form of social interaction whereby agents manage to coordinate behavior with respect to features that are not immediately present during the interaction. A famous example from nature is the bee waggle dance. The authors used an minimal cognitive approach to create a model of referential communication that is sufficiently minimal to permit a full dynamical analysis, and yet still complex enough so that the results provide a useful perspective onto the processes that could be involved in natural referential communication. The task is for two embodied agents to interact in a “hive” area such that one of the agents (the receiver) is able to move to a specific “target”, the location of which is only available to the other agent (the sender). The task…

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  1. January 3, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Lovely work Tom.

    For me this lives in the area somewhere between simple ballistic behaviour and full-blown symbolic reasoning, an area in which I’ve seen very little in terms of concrete implementations.

    The small number of nodes in the neural network is impressive, though I worry that’s a requirement for it to be susceptible to the kind of evolutionary algorithm used to train it, and that networks required to produce suitable behaviour in richer brain-body-environment systems will require something all together different.

    • Tom Froese said,

      January 8, 2018 at 12:21 pm

      Many thanks for your comment Andrew! We are currently working on expanding this model from 1D to 2D to see whether we can get some combinatorial gestures. It will probably require a more complex neural network to get working as well, so we will see how things turn out!

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