The University of Arizona

SISTA Colloquium Details

Date: Monday, November 8, 2010

Time: 12:00 p.m.

Location: Gould-Simpson Bldg., Room 906
Light refreshments: 9th floor atrium area - 11:50 a.m.

Speaker:  LouAnn Gerken, Professor
Psychology and Linguistics
Director of the Cognitive Science Program

Psychology and Cognitive Science

The University of Arizona

Title: It's about time: Infant learning over minutes and months and what it might tell us about machine learning models.

Abstract: The first part of the talk will give examples of  learning in the laboratory by human infants in the first year of life.  These studies suggest that infants seek causal models of their input and very quickly assign lower probability to models that receive less support from the data.  The second part of the talk will give examples of developmental changes in what infants at different ages are able to learn in the laboratory, probably based on the experiences that they have had outside of the laboratory.  The combination of near instantaneous learning coupled with developmental change presents a challenge to existing learning models but also provide some hints about directions to consider.