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DFG grant proposal funded for INI researchers within the SPP "the active self"

The special priority program "the active self" of the DFG supports interdisciplinary research to "study the sensorimotor grounding of the human minimal self". An INI proposal coordinated by Prof. Gregor Schöner was now accepted for funding within that program. The planned research will provide an embodied processes account of the intentional states from which the self emerges. Within the theoretical framework of Dynamic Field Theory, intentional states will be modeled as self-stabilized patterns of activation that are coupled to the sensory and motor surfaces within a dynamic architecture. Models will be imlemented on a vision-based robot and will be tested empircally by compared to developmental experiments. 

The Institut für Neuroinformatik (INI) is a central research unit of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. We aim to understand the fundamental principles through which organisms generate behavior and cognition while linked to their environments through sensory systems and while acting in those environments through effector systems. Inspired by our insights into such natural cognitive systems, we seek new solutions to problems of information processing in artificial cognitive systems. We draw from a variety of disciplines that include experimental approaches from psychology and neurophysiology as well as theoretical approaches from physics, mathematics, electrical engineering and applied computer science.

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