Exploring Curiosity in Human and Reinforcement Learning agents
Colloquium | February 9 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall
Rachit Dubey, UC Berkeley
Even in absence of external rewards, babies and scientists explore the world around them. For this reason, curiosity has long been recognized as a hallmark of human exploration and the essence of science. Despite its importance, we lack even the most basic understanding of the basis, mechanisms, and purpose of curiosity. In this talk, I will provide a brief overview of some of my projects which aim at understanding and influencing human curiosity. I will then talk about a new research project which aims at investigating how prior knowledge guides human exploration and how artificial agents can benefit from those findings.