Title: Towards Understanding and Building Embodied Intelligence
Speaker: Agrim Gupta, PhD Student in Computer Science, Stanford University
Date: October 20
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In contrast to embodied intelligence, which is common in nature, the recent progress in AI has been disembodied. Animals display remarkable degrees of embodied intelligence by leveraging their evolved morphologies to learn complex tasks. In this talk, I will argue that intelligent behavior is a function of the brain, morphology, and the environment. However, the principles governing relations between environmental complexity, evolved morphology, and the learnability of intelligent control, remain elusive, partially due to the substantial challenge of performing large-scale in silico experiments on evolution and learning. To address this, I will introduce a new framework called DERL which enables us to evolve agents with diverse morphologies to learn hard locomotion and manipulation tasks in complex environments, and reveals insights into relations between environmental physics, embodied intelligence, and the evolution of rapid learning.