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Sunday, March 06, 2011

Embodied Motion Intelligence for Cognitive, Autonomous Robots

Credit: EMICAB
Future robotic systems will have to autonomously operate in unpredictable environments and to smoothly interact with humans. This requires the control of complex bodies with many degrees of freedom based on input from multimodal sensory systems.
The EU-project EMICAB takes a holistic approach to the engineering of artificial cognitive systems. The goal is to integrate smart body mechanics in intelligent planning and control of motor behaviour. To achieve this goal the project accounts equally for problems in neuroscience (e.g., multi-sensory integration, internal body models, intelligent action planning) and technology (smart body mechanics, distributed embodied sensors and brain-like controllers).

The €2 Million EMICAB project is formed by the Biomechatronics lab and the Neuroethology lab of Bielefeld University (coordinator), a Systems Engineering lab at the University of Catania, Italy, a Sensor Technology lab at the University of Southern Denmark in Sønderborg, and a Neurogenetics lab at the University of Mainz, Germany.

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