Workshop W3

First Workshop on Forgetting in Artificial Intelligence

Abstract

Though forgetting is usually a nuisance in everyday life, it is an important feature for human life. On the one hand, forgetting superfluous information facilitates the task at hand. On the other hand, it is an integral part of basic cognitive processes, like generalization, abstraction, and learning. In this context, forgetting is the deliberate act to abolish unnecessary knowledge possibly conserving knowledge on a higher level. Recently, the term "machine unlearning" has been coined for the first beneficial use described above. In this workshop the general topic of beneficial forgetting shall be explored from different viewpoints.

The workshop aims to bring together researchers from AI, Machine Learning, Cognitive Science, and other disciplines who are interested in understanding how artificial systems can profit from forgetting and how beneficial forgetting in humans can be influenced.