Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization -- Department for Nonlinear Dynamics and Network Dynamics Group
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BCCN AG-Seminar

Tuesday, 20.06.2006 16 c.t.

Natural inspiration for artificial adaptivity in robots

by Prof. Dr. Carme Torras
from nstitut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial, Barcelona, Spain

Location

Seminarraum Haus 2, 4. Stock (Bunsenstr.)

Abstract

The biological world offers a full range of adaptive mechanisms, from which technology researchers try to get inspiration. Among the several disciplines attempting to reproduce these mechanisms artificially, this talk concentrates on the field of neurocomputing and its contributions to attain sensorimotor adaptivity in robots. Essentially this type of adaptivity requires tuning nonlinear mappings on the basis of input-output information. Several experimental robotic systems will be described, which rely on adaptive inverse kinematics and visuomotor mappings. Finally, the main trends in the evolution of neurocomputing will be highlighted, followed by some remarks drawn from the surveyed robotic applications.

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