SPARK II

SPATIAL TEMPORAL PATTERNS FOR ACTION-ORIENTED PERCEPTION IN ROVING ROBOTS II: AN INSECT BRAIN COMPUTATIONAL MODEL

 Coordinatore UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CATANIA 

 Organization address address: Viale A. Doria, 6
city: Catania
postcode: 95125

contact info
Titolo: Prof.
Nome: Vincenzo
Cognome: Catania
Email: send email
Telefono: +39 095 7382322
Fax: +39 095 330793

 Nazionalità Coordinatore Italy [IT]
 Totale costo 1˙308˙041 €
 EC contributo 1˙000˙000 €
 Programma FP7-ICT
Specific Programme "Cooperation": Information and communication technologies
 Code Call FP7-ICT-2007-1
 Funding Scheme CP
 Anno di inizio 2008
 Periodo (anno-mese-giorno) 2008-02-01   -   2011-01-31

 Partecipanti

# participant  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CATANIA

 Organization address address: Viale A. Doria, 6
city: Catania
postcode: 95125

contact info
Titolo: Prof.
Nome: Vincenzo
Cognome: Catania
Email: send email
Telefono: +39 095 7382322
Fax: +39 095 330793

IT (Catania) coordinator 0.00
2    INNOVACIONES MICROELECTRONICAS S.L.

 Organization address address: AVENIDA ISAAC NEWTON S/N PABELLON DE ITALIA 7 PLANTA, ATICO
city: SEVILLA
postcode: 41009

contact info
Titolo: MR.
Nome: PANIAGUA
Cognome: JAVIER
Email: send email
Telefono: +34 954 081261
Fax: +34 954 081242

ES (SEVILLA) participant 0.00
3    JOHANNES GUTENBERG UNIVERSITAET MAINZ

 Organization address address: SAARSTRASSE 21
city: MAINZ
postcode: 55122

contact info
Titolo: Prof.
Nome: Roland H
Cognome: Strauss
Email: send email
Telefono: -61313924985
Fax: 4961310000000

DE (MAINZ) participant 0.00
4    UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID

 Organization address address: AVENIDA DE SENECA 2
city: MADRID
postcode: 28040

contact info
Titolo: DR.
Nome: Ignacio
Cognome: Gómez Cuesta
Email: send email
Telefono: +34 91 394 3544
Fax: +34 91 394 3452

ES (MADRID) participant 0.00

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model    perception    inspired    motor    insects    brain    emergence    architecture    basic    environment    generality    sensors    nonlinear    behaviours    pattern    dynamics    generate    insect    cognitive    models   

 Obiettivo del progetto (Objective)

The aim of SPARK II is to develop, evaluate, optimise and generalise a new, insect brain inspired, computational model. The architecture will be hierarchical, based on parallel sensory-motor pathways, implementing reflex-driven basic behaviours. These will be enriched with higher and complex insect brain structural models (Mushroom Bodies, Central Complex) and more physically-inspired nonlinear lattices. The latters will be able to generate 'self-organizing' complex dynamics, while the formers will reproduce relevant cognitive functions in insects such as attention-like processes, short-term memory and rewarding mechanisms. Both of them will work concurrently to generate cognitive behaviours at the output motor layer. nThe architecture will exploit a number of different sensors, processing signals distributed in space and time and also showing nonlinear dynamics. Perceptual processes are conceived as emerging pattern flows (result of a nonlinear spatial-temporal dynamics). Pattern meaning (concept generation) will be incrementally built upon information derived from sensors as well as from some basic 'inherited' behaviours mediated through the environment. Emerged patterns, with the concurrent dynamics generated by models of the relevant perception centres in insects, will influence the particular associated motor behaviour. nTo show the generality of the approach, the model will be applied to different robotics architectures, asked to work in real life, unstructured, cluttered and dynamically changing environment. This will demonstrate that perception for action, formulated by suitably merging complex systems with dynamics derived by insect brain models, can lead to the emergence of general archetypes of wide applicability.nFinally another challenging task will consist in using the same model, applied to different robots, to lead to the emergence of cooperation capabilities to perform tasks unable to be fulfilled by one robot alone: further proof of generality.

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