Action-based autonomous grounding Conference Paper uri icon


  • When a new-born animal (agent) opens its eyes, what it sees is a patchwork of light and dark patterns, the natural scene. What is perceived by the agent at this moment is based on the pattern of neural spikes in its brain. Life-long learning begins with such a flood of spikes in the brain. All knowledge and skills learned by the agent are mediated by such spikes, thus it is critical to understand what information these spikes convey and how they can be used to generate meaningful behavior. Here, we consider how agents can autonomously understand the meaning of these spikes without direct reference to the stimulus. We find that this problem, the problem of grounding, is unsolvable if the agent is passively perceiving, and that it can be solved only through self-initiated action. Furthermore, we show that a simple criterion, combined with standard reinforcement learning, can help solve this problem. We will present simulation results and discuss the implications of these results on life-long learning. Copyright 2011, Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence ( All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • AAAI Workshop - Technical Report

author list (cited authors)

  • Choe, Y.

complete list of authors

  • Choe, Y

publication date

  • November 2011