Towards Biologically and Psychologically Grounded Synthetic Teaching Assistants: Distributed Adaptive Control in the Classroom
Dr. Paul Verschure is ICREA Professor and director of the Center of Autonomous Systems and Neurorobotics at Universitat Pompeu Fabra where he runs the Synthetic Perceptive, Emotive and Cognitive Systems (SPECS) Laboratory. He received his MA and PhD in Psychology and his scientific aim is to find a unified theory of mind and brain using synthetic methods and to apply it to quality of life enhancing technologies. His theory, Distributed Adaptive Control, has been generalized to a range of brain structures and robotic systems and has laid the foundation for a novel neurorehabilitation approach called the Rehabilitation Gaming System. SPECS comprises a multidisciplinary team of 30 researchers in a wide range of disciplines. Paul has represented Switzerland in the Global Science Forum of the OECD, is chair of the annual Barcelona Cognition, Brain and Technology summer school and co-chair of the annual Convergent Science Network’s conference Living Machines for which he also hosts a podcast (csnetwork.eu/talks/podcast).