Special Issue "Information Theoretic Incentives for Cognitive Systems"


A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300). This special issue belongs to the section "Information Theory".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2015)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Christoph Salge
Adaptive Systems Research Group,University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, AL10 9AB Hatfield, UK
Website: http://homepages.stca.herts.ac.uk/~cs08abi
Interests: Intrinsic Motivation (Empowerment); Self-Organization; Guided Self-Organization; Information-Theoretic Incentives for Social Interaction; Information-Theoretic Incentives for Swarms; Information Theory and Computer Game AI
Guest Editor
Dr. Georg Martius
Cognition and Neurosciences, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences Inselstrasse 22, 04103 Leipzig, Germany
Website: http://www.mis.mpg.de/jjost/members/georg-martius.html
Interests: Autonomous Robots; Self-Organization; Guided Self-Organization; Information Theory; Dynamical Systems; Machine Learning; Neuroscience of Learning; Optimal Control
Guest Editor
Dr. Keyan Ghazi-Zahedi
Information Theory of Cognitive Systems, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences Inselstrasse 22, 04103 Leipzig, Germany
Website: http://personal-homepages.mis.mpg.de/zahedi
Interests: Embodied Artificial Intelligence; Information Theory of the Sensorimotor Loop; Dynamical Systems; Cybernetics; Self-organisation; Synaptic plasticity; Evolutionary Robotics
Guest Editor
Dr. Daniel Polani
Department of Computer Science, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield AL10 9AB, UK
Website: http://homepages.feis.herts.ac.uk/~comqdp1/
Interests: artificial intelligence; artificial life; information theory for intelligent information processing; sensor Evolution; collective and multiagent systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, ideas such as "life is information processing" or "information holds the key to understanding life" have become more common. However, how can information, or more formally Information Theory, increase our understanding of life, or life-like systems?

Information Theory not only has a profound mathematical basis, but also typically provides an intuitive understanding of processes, such as learning, behavior and evolution terms of information processing.

In this special issue, we are interested in both: a.) the information-theoretic formalization and quantification of different aspects of life, such as driving forces of learning and behavior generation, information flows between neurons, swarm members and social agents, and information theoretic aspects of evolution and adaptation and b.) the simulation and creation of life-like systems with previously identified principles and incentives.

Topics with relation to artificial and natural systems:

  • information theoretic intrinsic motivations
  • information theoretic quantification of behavior
  • information theoretic guidance of artificial evolution
  • information theoretic guidance of self-organization
  • information theoretic driving forces behind learning
  • information theoretic driving forces behind behavior
  • information theory in swarms
  • information theory in social behavior
  • information theory in evolution
  • information theory in the brain
  • information theory in system-environment distinction
  • information theory in the perception action loop
  • information theoretic definitions of life

Dr. Christoph Salge
Dr. Georg Martius
Dr.  Keyan Ghazi-Zahedi
Dr. Daniel Polani
Guest Editors

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[4] Max Lungarella, Olaf Sporns, Information self-structuring: key principle for learning and development. Proc. ICDL, 2005.
[5] Polani, Daniel. "Information: currency of life?." HFSP journal 3.5 (2009): 307-316.
[6] K. Zahedi, N. Ay, and R. Der. Higher coordination with less control – a result of information maximization in the sensori-motor loop. Adaptive Behavior, 18(3–4):338–355, 2010.
[7] K. Zahedi and N. Ay. Quantifying morphological computation. Entropy, 15(5):1887–1915, 2013.
[8] R. Pfeifer, M. Lungarella, and F. Iida. Self-organization, embodiment, and biologically inspired robotics. Science, 318(5853):1088–1093, 2007.
[9] Salge, Christoph, Cornelius Glackin, and Daniel Polani. "Changing the Environment Based on Empowerment as Intrinsic Motivation." Entropy 16.5 (2014): 2789-2819.


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Entropy 2015, 17(6), 3838-3856; doi:10.3390/e17063838
Received: 27 February 2015 / Revised: 28 May 2015 / Accepted: 5 June 2015 / Published: 9 June 2015
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Entropy 2015, 17(4), 2432-2458; doi:10.3390/e17042432
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Entropy 2015, 17(4), 1606-1633; doi:10.3390/e17041606
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