Jonas Braasch, Associate Professor, Archiecture & Center Director, RPI


Jonas Braasch, Associate Professor, Archiecture & Center Director, RPI

Sage 4101

October 29, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Traditional psychophysics  treats the human being as a black box with inputs for the physical stimuli and outputs for the psychological correlate somewhere in the brain. Using laboratory-based test paradigms the experimenter can determine psychometric functions -- for example, the relationship between the physical sound pressure level and the perceived correlate of loudness -- by asking participants to indicate what they heard. Machines that simulate how the auditory system functions are typically fed with a physical stimuli which they then process to simulate the response of a human being. While these models have improved our understanding of the auditory system, their applicability is limited. Unlike most computational models of the auditory system, humans actively explore the world instead of simply waiting for a signal to reach their ears and processing whatever arrives. In this talk, new paradigms will be presented and the impact of how the paradigm shift could improve our understanding of human cognition will be  discussed. The examples in this talk will include robotic localization models, artificially intelligent music agents that can improvise with others, and the use of virtual environments as test beds for actively listening machines.





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