Mon, April 12 2010
Psychology Colloquium: Professor Daniel Wolpert, University of Cambridge
Title: Structures, Statistics and Decisions in Human Sensorimotor Control
Abstract: The effortless ease with which humans move our arms, our eyes, even
our lips when we speak masks the true complexity of the control
processes involved. This is evident when we try to build machines to
perform human control tasks. While computers can now beat
grandmasters at chess, no computer can yet control a robot to
manipulate a chess piece with the dexterity of a six-year-old child.
I will review our recent work on how the humans learn to make skilled
movements covering probabilistic models of learning, including
Bayesian and structural learning, as well as decision making and the
revision of decisions in the face of uncertainty.
3:30PM in Stiteler Hall room B21. Refreshments will be served at 3:00PM in Stiteler Hall's Silverstein Forum.