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The University of Southampton
Institute for Life Sciences

Bioengineering Seminar Series Event

Professor Barbara Webb
14 June 2013
Room 2207, Life Sciences Building (85), Highfield Campus, University of Southampton, University Road, SO17 1BJ

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Event details

Sensorimotor systems in insects and robots

Despite their relatively small brains, the sensorimotor tasks faced and solved by insects are comparable in a number of ways to those faced by vertebrates and humans. For example they need to smoothly combine or switch between different responses depending on context, and they need to distinguish re-afferent input (i.e. stimuli caused by their own movement) from external disturbances, which may involve predictive processes. There has also been much recent interest in the learning capabilities of insects and what neural architecture is needed to support their behavioural flexibility. Our approach to these problems combines behavioural experiments with modelling approaches that utilise realistic input and output constraints by implementing the hypothesised neural control circuits on robots.

Speaker information

Professor Barbara Webb,University of Edinburgh,Professor of Biorobotics

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