“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

 Department of Psychology

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.

 jacobs@berkeley.edu, 510-642-5739