Rounding up this year’s speakers list, joining us from University of Skövde, last but not least so to speak, we are very proud to present to you: Henrik Svensson!
Henrik Svensson is a Senior Associate Lecturer in Informatics at Skövde University, while at the same time pursuing a PhD in Cognitive Science. His main research interest concerns the relation between agent-environment(sensorimotor)interaction and higher-level cognition, in particular, simulation theories of representation and cognition
Simulation theories and future autonomous agents
The so-called simulation hypothesis states that cognitive processes can
be explained in termsof predictive chains of simulated perceptions and actions. In other words, perceptions and actions are reactivated internally by the nervous system to be used in cognitive phenomena such as mental imagery.
This talk summarize the empirical support for the existence of simulated perceptions and
actions and presents the “inception of simulation” hypothesis, which suggests that dreaming
has a function in the development of simulations by forming associations between
experienced, non-experienced but realistic, and even unrealistic perceptions during early
This talk also outlines initial ideas on how knowledge derived from the simulation hypothesis
can be used in the development and design of autonomous systems and robots.