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The University of Southampton
Interdisciplinary Research Excellence

Sensorimeter systems in insects and robots Event

Time:
13:00
Date:
14 June 2013
Venue:
Building 85, Room 2207 Highfield Campus University of Southampton

For more information regarding this event, please email Beatrice Murphy at B.J.Murphy@soton.ac.uk .

Event details

Speaker: Barbara Webb, Professor of Biorobotics, University of Edinburgh

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.

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