SPARKProject reference: 004690
Funded under: FP6-IST
Spatial-temporal patterns for action-oriented perception in roving robots [Print to PDF] [Print to RTF]
Total cost:EUR 1 272 276
EU contribution:EUR 1 069 662
Topic(s):IST-2002-220.127.116.11 - Cognitive systems
Funding scheme:STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project
The aim of the SPARK Project is to develop completely new sensing-perceiving-moving artefacts inspired by the basic principles of living systems and based on the concept of "self-organization". Sensors will be treated as devices processing signals distributed in space and also showing non linear time dynamics. Perception will be studied as a result of a spatio-temporal pattern forming process, determined by information deriving from sensors and will directly influence the particular associated motor behaviour.
The whole methodology will be implemented in a new architecture, a Spatial-temporal array computer based structure (SPARC), providing a new paradigm for active perception based on principles borrowed from psychology, synergetics, artificial intelligence and nonlinear dynamical systems theory. The technical objective will be a moving artefact that will actively interact with the environment. It will integrate the sensor stimuli, will create an iconic, abstract and concise representation of the environment under the form of a dynamically emergent pattern in a SPARC based architecture and will generate a sequence of proper motor actions to reach a pre-specified target.
EDINBURGH, United Kingdom