Title: Intuitive Physics and Intuitive Behavior Date and time: 10th January 2017, 3 pm (Tea will be served at 2:45 pm) Venue: KD 101, CSE Department Abstract: The mammalian brain inspired the architecture of neural networks that power state of the art visual recognition systems. Is the only similarity between the brain and the neural networks architectural? I will show that a deep neural network trained for object recognition mimics the hierarchy of representations in the human visual cortex (http://arxiv.org/abs/1407.5104). This leads to an interesting hypothesis that building a neural network based system for performing visuomotor tasks may provide new tools for studying the neural mechanisms that integrate sensory and motor processing. However, while superhuman performance has been achieved on specific visuomotor tasks (such as ATARI games), a system that can perform a general set of day to day object manipulation tasks is yet to be built. Taking inspiration from child development, I will outline how building predictive models that can forecast future events can be a useful precursor towards the goal of building machines that can perform a general set of tasks. I will present some preliminary results on how the ability to forecast the affect of applied actions on objects (i.e. intuitive physics) and the ability to forecast how humans will act in the future (i.e. intuitive behavior) can enable an agent to generalize and perform tasks beyond what it was trained for. Bio: Pulkit is a PhD Student in the department of Computer Science at UC Berkeley. His research focuses on computer vision and computational neuroscience. He is advised by Dr. Jitendra Malik. Pulkit completed his bachelors in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur and was awarded the Director’s Gold Medal. He is a recipient of Fulbright Science and Technology Award, Goldman Sachs Global Leadership Award, OPJEMS, Sridhar Memorial Prize and IIT Kanpur’s Academic Excellence Awards among others. Pulkit served as the General Secretary of Science and Technology Council and vice-captain of water-polo team at IIT-Kanpur. Pulkit holds a “Sangeet Prabhakar” (equivalent to bachelors in Indian classical Music) and occasionally performs in music concerts.