BECCA tutorial

  • February 12, 2012 · 10:00 AM
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The Brain Emulating Cognition and Control Architecture (BECCA) is a set of algorithms for reinforcement learning and actual selection designed for allowing robots to learn in a similar way that creatures with brains learn and demonstrate general intelligence. It's currently implemented in MATLAB, with a port to Python in the works, and has demonstrated some very basic ability to allow simple robotics hardware to learn basic behaviors given a defined goal or task.

This event will include some demos of capabilities, a review of the published literature, and an introduction to hacking the code base and creating your own Agents and Tasks.

The main program will be a presentation of BECCA's architecture in a way that is not necessarily specific to a particular programming language. Example code will primarily be MATLAB, however.

 

Anyone interested in staying for an 'overtime' hands-on tutorial with MATLAB should bring a laptop with an installation of GNU Octave (the open-source implementation of the MATLAB language):

Windows & Mac installers:

http://octave.sourceforge.net/

Others:

http://www.gnu.org/software/octave/download.html

 

 

BECCA Homepage: http://www.sandia.gov/~brrohre/becca.html

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  • Bob B.

    Great meetup! Very informative!

    February 13, 2012

  • Matt

    This is the newest paper about BECCA, and probably the most complete description of the current code, and a review of tasks to which it's been applied:

    http://www.sandia.gov/~brrohre/...­

    This is the paper on which my presentation was based. It contains a lot of overlap with the one above, but also contains a brief comparison of BECCA to other systems:

    http://www.sandia.gov/~brrohre/...­

    February 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    GREAT TUTORIAL!!

    February 13, 2012

  • Sireesh

    It was nice to learn how BECCA interacted with the environment. I can't wait for the open cog camp.

    February 12, 2012

  • Kiet N.

    Great info about BECCA...

    February 12, 2012

  • Bob B.

    Matt, I'm in the lobby.

    February 12, 2012

  • Bob B.

    Matt, I will be there by 9:30 to help set up.

    February 11, 2012

  • Annika O.

    I'll try to get there as soon as possible, Matt.

    February 11, 2012

  • Matt

    Can anyone volunteer to show up at 9:30 to help set-up the space with chairs, etc, and help escort people up to the 5th floor?

    Also, if anyone who RSVP'd "Yes" is no longer planning to attend, can you please update your RSVP so we have an accurate count? Thanks!

    February 11, 2012

  • Homan C.

    @Matt, ok sorry about that.

    February 8, 2012

  • Matt

    The event description has been updated with links for installing Octave (a free MATLAB clone) for anyone who may be interested in a hands-on tutorial to follow the main presentation.

    February 7, 2012

  • Matt

    Homan, I'm not available those dates, and I think it's too late to change the date on people. So I'll work on finding another location for this Sunday.

    February 7, 2012

  • Homan C.

    Hey Matt, looks like something just came up on Sunday the 12th. Can we possibly do this on Sat the 11th, or maybe push it further back one more week, either 18th or 19th?

    February 7, 2012

  • Matt

    Much of that footage is from the AGI conference at Google this past summer. If you watch close, you might see my shoes. ;-)

    February 6, 2012

  • Matt

    That's it. Thanks!!

    February 6, 2012

  • Homan C.

    Yes. Anything else you need me to setup? I assume you need a projector and wi-fi?

    February 6, 2012

  • Matt

    Homan, Any chance we could use your company's space for this event, this Sunday?

    February 6, 2012

  • Matt

    Heads up, the date on this will probably be bumped later. If people would like to suggest an alternate day, I'm open to suggestions.

    February 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    sounds interesting. I know python, but know nothing about matlab.

    January 22, 2012

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