UC Merced Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society Title Models of Ontogenetic Development for Autonomous Adaptive Systems Publication Date Models of Ontogenetic Development for Autonomous Adaptive Systems

Kozma Freeman, Werbos
1997 Kozma & Free-man   unpublished
Biological organisms display an amazing ability during their ontogenetic development to adaptively develop solutions to the various problems of survival that their environments present to them. Dynamical and embodied models of cognition (Clark are beginning to offer new insights into how the numerous, heterogeneous elements of neural structures may self-organize during the development of the organism in order to effectively form adaptive categories and increasingly sophisticated skills,
more » ... ted skills, strategies and goals. In this paper we present models of ontogenetic development built on neurologically inspired , bottom-up, dynamic approaches to embodied category formation such as those done by Freeman (1975, 1999b), Freeman and Kozma (2000), Kozma and Free-man (2001), Verschure and Voegtlin (1999) and Edel-man (1987), Edelman and Tononi (2000). We believe that building on such mechanisms from an embodied dynam-ical perspective will produce autonomous agents that display greatly increased flexibility in their behavior. Such models will represent a better understanding of how the brains of biological organisms not only form perceptual categories of their environments during development, but also develop effective patterns of behavior through the dynamic self-organization of neurological patterns of activity .