In nature, brains are built through a process of biological development in which many aspects of the network of neurons and connections change are shaped by external information received through sensory organs. Biological development mechanisms such as axon guidance and dendrite pruning have been shown to rely on neural activity. Despite this, most artificial neural network (ANN) models do not include developmental mechanisms and regard learning as the adjustment of connection weights, while some that do use development restrain it to a period before the ANN is used. It is worthwhile to understand the cognitive functions offered by development and to investigate the fundamental questions raised by artificial neural development. In this workshop, we will explore existing and future approaches that aim to incorporate development into ANNs. Invited speakers will present their work with neural networks, both artificial and biological, in the context of development. Accepted submissions on contemporary work in this field will be presented and we will hold an open discussion on the topic.
A 2-4 page PDF file in LNCS format should be emailed to the workshop organizers by May 21, 2018June 4th 2018 (final deadline) to be considered for acceptance in the workshop.
Accepted submissions will be distributed online and presented during the workshop.
- Hosted by PPSN 2018
- Workshop date: 8 or 9 September 2018
- Duration/Time: half-day (to be announced)
- Location: Coimbra, Portugal