Autonomous Discovery of Motor Constraints in an Intrinsically-Motivated Vocal Learner

Acevedo Valle, Juan Manuel and Angulo, Cecilio and Moulin-Frier, Clément

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Abstract: This work introduces new results on the modeling of early-vocal development using artificial intelligent cognitive architectures and a simulated vocal tract. The problem is addressed using intrinsically-motivated learning algorithms for autonomous sensorimotor exploration, a kind of algorithm belonging to the active learning architectures family. The artificial agent is able to autonomously select goals to explore its own sensorimotor system in regions where its competence to execute intended goals is improved. We propose to include a somatosensory system to provide a proprioceptive feedback signal to reinforce learning through the autonomous discovery of motor constraints. Constraints are represented by a somatosensory model which is unknown beforehand to the learner. Both the sensorimotor and somatosensory system are modeled using Gaussian mixture models. We argue that using an architecture which includes a somatosensory model would reduce redundancy in the sensorimotor model and drive the learning process more efficiently than algorithms taking into account only auditory feedback. The role of this proposed system is to predict whether an undesired collision within the vocal tract under a certain motor configuration is likely to occur. Thus, compromised motor configurations are rejected, guaranteeing that the agent is less prone to violate its own constraints.


  author = {{Acevedo Valle}, Juan Manuel and Angulo, Cecilio and Moulin-Frier, Clément},
  doi = {10.1109/TCDS.2017.2699578},
  issn = {2379-8920},
  journal = {IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems},
  title = {{Autonomous Discovery of Motor Constraints in an Intrinsically-Motivated Vocal Learner}},
  url = {},
  year = {2017},
  note = {Accepted}