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Foundations of the free energy principle and active inference

Talk by Christoph Mathys, IMC

2020.03.02 | Anne-Mette Pedersen

Date Tue 14 Apr
Time 11:00 13:00
Location https://aarhusuniversity.zoom.us/my/imcevents


The free energy principle is a framework for describing the way biological or artificial agents act and perform inference on the state of their environment. In this framework, agents are described as acting and inferring environmental states so as to minimize the expected surprise at future input. I will give a short introduction into information theoretic foundations of the free energy principle and the related concept of active inference. I will explain the relation of information theoretic free energetic to the analogous concept in statistical mechanics, and I will give a simple example of an active inference agent maintaining allostasis while interacting with its environment.    

About the speaker

Christoph Mathys, Associate Professor
Interacting Minds Centre, AU