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MSU CSE Colloquium Series 2014-2015: Arend Hintze Title: Walking the path to artificial intelligence together – a transdisciplinary approach

Dr. Arend Hintze
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Michigan State University

Time: October 9th 2014, 11:00am
Location: EB 3105


I evolve virtual organisms controlled by Markov Brains (probabilistic logic gate networks) in order to understand not only how one can evolve AI, but also to learn something about the evolutionary processes and factors necessary for the evolution of natural intelligence.Human like intelligence did not evolve over night, but originated eons ago when simple creatures evolved their first cognitive abilities. When it comes to evolving AI, we also have to start at the beginning and take the same steps natural evolution took. By recapitulating these steps, we not only come closer to our goal, but learn something about evolution, cognition, and information processing. This is interesting to computer engineers, evolutionary psychologists, cognitive scientist, and in particular to behavioral biologists. I will present examples of my research about this truly transdisciplinary approach and show how this approach scales with the complexity of the tasks.


Dr. Arend Hintze received his Ph.D. in Genetics and Developmental Biology at the University of Braunschweig Germany. However, he changed his research interest from studying morphogenetic cell migrations of the nematode C. elegans to digital evolution. His research focuses on agent based modeling of evolving systems and decision making in evolutionary contexts. He is currently a postdoc with Chris Adami at Michigan State University in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. In his rare free time, he programmed over 30 computer games, including “Loops of Zen” which some consider to be one of the top 10 Best Free Puzzle Games of all times.


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