Action selection is an agent's continuous problem of choosing what to
do next. In artificial intelligence, this problem has been addressed
with strategies ranging from constructing long chains of intentions
that provide provably optimal means of achieving goals to reactive or
anytime algorithms that do simple lookups based solely on the external
environment. But what does nature do?
This multidisciplinary workshop is dedicated to advancing our
understanding of the behavioral patterns and neural substrates
supporting action selection in animals --- including humans. Examples
of interesting topics include:
o The variation of action selection strategies
o The variation of strategies within species across
social or environmental
o Cognitive, neural and embodied models of decision
We are seeking participation of researchers from either natural or
artificial intelligence (NI or AI), who propose models for either
human or animal behavior. We seek experts from neuroscience,
psychology, and the quantitative social sciences as well as AI. We
hope workshop participants will substantially advance the discipline
both through presenting science and by examining and critiquing a wide
variety of modeling approaches.
Workshop Dates: 30 & 31 July 2005
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There is a related special issue of Philosophical
Transactions of The Royal Society, B -- Biological Sciences on Modelling Natural
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There is also a related special issue of Adaptive Behavior on Mechanisms of
Thanks to all our participants and authors!