Hi! I'm Pontus Loviken, and I'm a PhD student within the field of Developmental Robotics! I am part of the ambitious APRIL project, in which me and 4 other Marie Curie Research Fellows set out to solve 5 different but connected tasks, essential to the future of Personal Robotics. I am employed by SoftBank Robotics Europe and in association with Plymouth University.
My task is to find ways for a robot to, at a very fundamental level, learn independently how to understand and interact with the world, and by using this, create increasingly more complex behaviors. Just like a small child.
I have a M.Sc. in Complex Adaptive Systems and a B.Sc. in Engineering Physics from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. I am also the lead singer and composer of the theatrical rock-band Panorama.
My previous work includes: A humanoid robot teaching itself how to use its body in order to control the tilt of its torso. Visualization of human gene diversity using Self-Organizing Maps. Development of a vehicle-in-loop test environment for Volvo Cars. Eigen-solvers for quantum many-body systems of a boson gas. Various other projects involving autonomous robotics, stochastic optimization, information theory, neural networks and interacting agents.
In my blog you will be able to read more about my different projects, the progress of my PhD studies, reviews and recommendations of papers and other resources I have found useful or interesting, or just my general thoughts on topics related to artificial intelligence and the future of technology.
Keywords: Developmental Robotics, Artificial Neural Networks, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Intrinsic Motivation, Hierarchical Learning.