Bayesian Learning & Reasoning

JULY 11-12th 2022

Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Keynote Speakers:

Ulrike Hahn

Birkbeck College

Nico Orlandi

University of California, Santa Cruz

Julia Staffel

University of Colorado, Boulder

Josh Tenenbaum

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Everyday learning and reasoning challenges us to make inferences and decisions under constantly changing environmental conditions and given limited evidence, time and resources. Bayesian inference is a widely used method in cognitive science for modelling learning and reasoning by capturing the probabilistic relations between incoming data and prior knowledge structures and the way they should be combined to generate better predictions. These predictions are increasingly often characterised by proponents of the Bayesian Brain Hypothesis on the sub-personal level of cognition as the ‘brain’s guesses’ about the world.

However, this characterisation leaves many open questions to be addressed. For example, how exactly do these guesses interact and integrate with existing knowledge to form novel predictions? In what sense can changes in these predictions over time be considered optimal solutions to everyday learning and reasoning problems? How does this conception of cognition relate to more traditional philosophical and psychological approaches to learning and reasoning?

The aim of this 2-day international workshop is to foster a greater understanding of how Bayesian models can support cognitive scientists to form new explanations of the interactions between knowledge, learning, and reasoning under uncertainty.




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June 10th for in-person participation July 5th for online participation

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Sibling workshop:

The Bochum Early Career Researchers Workshop is taking place in the same week as our conference! The ECRW will take place on the 13th, 14th, and 15th of July and will be an online only event with Elizabeth Irvine, Alistair Isaac, and Catherine Stinson as keynotes. You can register and learn more about the workshop on its website.

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Volkswagen Stiftung

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