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Zahra Sheikhbahaee

Postdoctorate - Université de Montréal


From physics to sentience: Deciphering the semantics of the free-energy principle and evaluating its claims: Comment on "Path integrals, particular kinds, and strange things" by Karl Friston et al.
Zahra Sheikhbahaee
Adam Safron
Casper Hesp
Attention Schema in Neural Agents
Dianbo Liu
Samuele Bolotta
Mike He Zhu
Zahra Sheikhbahaee
Attention has become a common ingredient in deep learning architectures. It adds a dynamical selection of information on top of the static s… (see more)election of information supported by weights. In the same way, we can imagine a higher-order informational filter built on top of attention: an Attention Schema (AS), namely, a descriptive and predictive model of attention. In cognitive neuroscience, Attention Schema Theory (AST) supports this idea of distinguishing attention from AS. A strong prediction of this theory is that an agent can use its own AS to also infer the states of other agents' attention and consequently enhance coordination with other agents. As such, multi-agent reinforcement learning would be an ideal setting to experimentally test the validity of AST. We explore different ways in which attention and AS interact with each other. Our preliminary results indicate that agents that implement the AS as a recurrent internal control achieve the best performance. In general, these exploratory experiments suggest that equipping artificial agents with a model of attention can enhance their social intelligence.