£500 competition to take place at hackathon

Written by Dave Snowdon.

Dr Chrisantha Fernando and UK NAO are pleased to announce a competition open to all London NAO hackathon 2013 attendees

Prize: £500 provided by the "European FP-7 INSIGHT Project on Darwinian Neurodynamics in Humans and Robots"

Question: If Nao can decide, how should it decide what is interesting to do such that it keeps producing novel but non-trivial new behaviours?

Possible Answers:

  • Maximize surprise?
  • Minimize prediction error?
  • Maximise compressibility of its models of the world?
  • Maximize the variance in quality of solutions?


Dr. Fernando is happy to interact with people interested in Nao models of this question before the event.

Conditions of entry:

  • The work must lead to a journal publication with Dr Chrisantha Fernando (QMUL).
  • The work must be the original work of the entrants.
  • Entrants must attend the hackathon and work on the behaviour at the hackathon.
  • Dr. Fernando decides whether any behaviour sufficiently addresses the question.
  • The winner (if any) co-operates with Dr. Fernando when writing the paper.
  • The prize will be awarded on publication of the paper.


Entering this competition does not exclude people from winning any other prizes at the hackathon.

For further information please contact Dr. Fernando directly via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or skype (chrisantha-f).

This work is supported by the "European FP-7 INSIGHT Project on Darwinian Neurodynamics in Humans and Robots"