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Machine teamwork - part of their culture ?

This venue has step-free access and accessible toilets. Guide dogs and assistance animals are welcome.
Past event - 2024
15 May Doors open at 7.00 pm
event runs from 7.30 to 9.30 pm.
The Exchange, 3 Centenary Square,
Birmingham B1 2DR
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Join us for an exciting evening of science as we hear from researchers at the University of Birmingham talking about the latest innovations in technology!

Know your Team: the Evolution of Cooperation from Nature to Machines

Dr Leonardo Stella (Assistant Professor)
Cooperation is a fundamental component of natural evolution as it determines many levels of biological organisation, from individual cells to eusocial animals, e.g., honeybees and vampire bats. Since the pioneering work by Axelrod, game theorists have thoroughly studied the mechanisms that promote cooperation, but many questions still remain open. How can cooperation exist in a world of selfish individuals? How can you trust your team? How does the environment affect the decision-making? What is rational? How can we build teams of humans and machines that work together to achieve a common goal? In this talk, we attempt to answer some of these questions by embarking on a journey to explore the existence of cooperation in nature and the apparent contradiction with 'survival of the fittest'. Throughout this journey, we will learn to translate the properties of biological cooperation to what enables machines to learn to cooperate with other machines or humans in complex environments.

Can robots have culture?

Dr Masoumeh Iran Mansouri (Associate professor)
Do we want robots to have culture? What does culture mean for robots? What does cultural robotics look like currently? Can robots truly possess culture, or is it merely the culture of their programmers reflected in them? I explore responses to these questions in line with my research in critical cultural robotics.
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