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Life-like Perception Systems (LPS)
Proactive Initiative 2001 in Bionics

CALL CLOSED 17 October 2001

Welcome to the page dedicated to the proactive initiative on "Life-like Perception Systems" (LPS) . This initiative addresses the development of integrated perception-response systems that are inspired by the sophistication of solutions adopted by living systems. It forms with the "Initiative on " Neuroinformatics for Living Artefacts the FET Neuro-IT cluster.

The following issues are central to the initiative:

"Life-like" means that the systems should be motivated by and following principles of biological systems. In this context, models and results from neuroethological and behavioural studies, cognitive science, including cognitive psychology, artificial intelligence and philosophy, are expected to contribute important design aspects.

"Perception" is clearly more than mere "sensing". It can be defined as the process through which sensor signals are integrated to form internal representations of the sensory world. In addition to visual and auditory perception research work also includes other senses including non-human biological senses such as ultrasound, vibration and mechanoreceptive senses.

For the action component, work is not limited to robots. Other types of actuators are conceivable as appropriate system components, as long as they interact with the process of perception. A further important area of interest are systems that interface with biology in providing stimulation to nerves, as required in the design of sensory implants.

Here you will find information on:


7 July 2001
Call for proposals launched
17 October 2001
Deadline for proposals
19-23 November 2001
Evaluation of proposals
15 January 2002
Negotiation Meeting in Brussels
1 May - June 2002
Projects start
2-4 December 2002
First Workshop of the Neuro-IT Cluster in Leuven


For further information please feel free to contact:

Pekka Karp
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Ralph Dum
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