New DFG Priority Programme "Autonomous Learning": CITEC Scientist Among the Initiators

Increasing the autonomy of machine learning and making it more independent from human prestructuring is the ambitious goal of the new DFG Priority Programme "Autonomous Learning". It is modelled on the exceptional flexibility of human learning that goes far beyond the current abilities of what are mostly statistically based technical learning systems. By viewing learning as an active process embedded in action, the priority programme aims to open up new dimensions for self-teaching technical systems.

The new priority programme is being coordinated by Marc Toussaint (TU Berlin). Its initiators are Helge Ritter (CITEC, Bielefeld University), Jürgen Jost (MPI for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig), and Christian Igel (Ruhr-Universität Bochum).

Over the next 6 years, the Autonomous Learning Programme will receive a total of approximately 15 million Euros from the DFG.

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