A Top-Down Approach for a Synthetic Autobiographical Memory System

  • Andreas Damianou
  • Carl Henrik Ek
  • Luke Boorman
  • Neil D. Lawrence
  • Tony J. Prescott
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9222)


Autobiographical memory (AM) refers to the organisation of one’s experience into a coherent narrative. The exact neural mechanisms responsible for the manifestation of AM in humans are unknown. On the other hand, the field of psychology has provided us with useful understanding about the functionality of a bio-inspired synthetic AM (SAM) system, in a higher level of description. This paper is concerned with a top-down approach to SAM, where known components and organisation guide the architecture but the unknown details of each module are abstracted. By using Bayesian latent variable models we obtain a transparent SAM system with which we can interact in a structured way. This allows us to reveal the properties of specific sub-modules and map them to functionality observed in biological systems. The top-down approach can cope well with the high performance requirements of a bio-inspired cognitive system. This is demonstrated in experiments using faces data.


Synthetic autobiographical memory Hippocampus Robotics Deep Gaussian process MRD 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas Damianou
    • 1
    • 2
  • Carl Henrik Ek
    • 3
  • Luke Boorman
    • 1
  • Neil D. Lawrence
    • 2
  • Tony J. Prescott
    • 1
  1. 1.Sheffield Centre for Robotics (SCentRo)University of SheffieldSheffieldUK
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK
  3. 3.CVAP LabKTHStockholmSweden

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