Emergent Communication Workshop
Jakob Foerster · Igor Mordatch · Angeliki Lazaridou · Kyunghyun Cho · Douwe Kiela · Pieter Abbeel

Sat Dec 9th 08:00 AM -- 06:30 PM @ S4
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Communication is one of the most impressive human abilities. The question of how communication arises has been studied for many decades, if not centuries. However, due to the computational and representational limitations, in the past problem-settings had to be restricted to low dimensional, simple observation spaces. With the rise of deep reinforcement learning methods, this question can now be studied in complex multi-agent settings, which has lead to flourishing activity in the area over the last two years. In these settings agents can learn to communicate in grounded multi-modal environments and rich communication protocols emerge.

However, the recent research has been largely disconnected from the study of emergent communication in other fields and even from work done on this topic in previous decades. This workshop will provide a forum for a variety of researchers from different fields (machine learning, game-theory, linguistics, cognitive science, and programming languages) interested in the question of communication and emergent language to exchange ideas.

08:50 AM Opening Remarks (talk through day ahead, schedule, etc)
09:00 AM "Language in context" (Invited Talk) Noah Goodman
09:30 AM "Communication via Physical Action" (Invited Talk) Anca Dragan
10:00 AM Invited Talk 3 (Invited Talk) Pushmeet Kohli
10:30 AM Coffee Break (Break)
11:00 AM Morning panel discussion (Panel) Jürgen Schmidhuber, Noah Goodman, Anca Dragan, Pushmeet Kohli, Dhruv Batra
12:15 PM Poster Session and Lunch (Poster session)
02:15 PM Contributed Talks 1 (Contributed Talks) Cinjon Resnick, Ying Wen, Stephan Zheng, Mukul Bhutani, Edward Choi
03:00 PM Coffee Break + Poster Presentation (Break and Posters)
03:30 PM Contributed Talks 2 (Contributed Talks) Roberta Raileanu, Satwik Kottur, Paul Grouchy
04:00 PM "From Democritus to Signaling Networks" (Invited Talk) Brian Skyrms
04:30 PM "Language Emergence as Boundedly Optimal Control" (Invited Talk) Satinder Singh
05:00 PM Afternoon Panel discussion (Panel) Brian Skyrms, Satinder Singh, Jacob Andreas
06:15 PM Closing Remarks (closing remarks)

Author Information

Jakob Foerster (University of Oxford)

Jakob Foerster is a PhD student in AI at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Shimon Whiteson and Nando de Freitas. Using deep reinforcement learning he studies the emergence of communication in multi-agent AI systems. Prior to his PhD Jakob spent four years working at Google and Goldman Sachs. Previously he has also worked on a number of research projects in systems neuroscience, including work at MIT and the Weizmann Institute.

Igor Mordatch (OpenAI)
Angeliki Lazaridou (DeepMind)
Kyunghyun Cho (NYU)

Kyunghyun Cho is an associate professor of computer science and data science at New York University and a research scientist at Facebook AI Research. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Université de Montréal until summer 2015 under the supervision of Prof. Yoshua Bengio, and received PhD and MSc degrees from Aalto University early 2014 under the supervision of Prof. Juha Karhunen, Dr. Tapani Raiko and Dr. Alexander Ilin. He tries his best to find a balance among machine learning, natural language processing, and life, but almost always fails to do so.

Douwe Kiela (Facebook AI Research)
Pieter Abbeel (University of California, Berkley & OpenAI)

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