認知脳ロボティクス研究ユニット (谷 淳)

研究目的

認知脳ロボティクス研究ユニットでは、認知のメカニズムを理解することを目的として、構成論的な脳型ロボット実験研究を行っています。研究における主要な問いは、如何にして世界のモデルは、行為の経験の繰り返しから、発達的に抽象度を上げながら学習獲得されていくのか、また他者の心を読みながら、他者と自律的に相互作用していくことを可能とする社会認知能力は、どのように獲得されていくのか、さらには、意識および自由意志といった現象は、どのように科学的に説明できるのか、などを含みます。私たちはこのような問いへの答えを探しつつ、4歳児の持つような、汎用的な認知能力を伴った「心」をロボット上に再構成することを、長期の研究目標に掲げ、日々研究を行っています。

Research Positions

We are looking for postdoctoral scholars and Ph.D students who are interested in studying toward the above research goals collaboratively in our unit. We specifically invite applicants to the following research topics:

  1. Studies of various types of robot learning using recurrent neural network (RNN) models based on predictive coding framework. This could include more theoretical investigation on deterministic as well as stochastic dynamic modeling for predictive coding.
  2. Studies on developmental robotics with focusing on the problem of generalization through stages of development. We hope that developmental processes during life-time learning spanning for months to years can be observed. This study may use reinforcement learning as well as predictive coding framework. We are also interested in conducting synthetic neurorobotics modeling studies on developmental disorders including schizophrenia and ASD.
  3. Studies on social cognitive robotics with focusing on the problem of “theory of mind” under experiment setup in human-robot interactions or robot to robot interaction. This study may also incorporate with research outputs from (1) and (2).
  4. Studies on development of general intelligence by modeling the higher-order cognitive brain mechanism of executive control and working memory usage.
  5. Studies on subjective experience including consciousness and free will of robots and human by conducting "human in robot-loop" experiments.

Applicants for postdoctoral scholars should send a CV and research statement to tani1216jp “at” gmail.com with the header
Research Position at Cognitive Neurorobotics Research Unit, OIST.

OIST students who are interested in participating our lab in terms of lab rotation or graduate study should also contact to the above email address.

Prospective PhD students should apply with the OIST Graduate School.