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Spatial-temporal patterns for action-oriented perception in roving robots

Objective

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.

Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DI CATANIA
Address
Piazza Universita 2
95124 Catania
Italy

Participants (5)

ANALOGIC COMPUTERS LTD.
Hungary
Address
Kende Str. 13-17.
H-1111 Budapest
INNOVACIONES MICROELECTRONICAS S.L.
Spain
Address
Avenida Isaac Newton S/n. Centro De Empresas Pabellon De Ita
41009 Seville
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID
Spain
Address
Avenida Seneca 2 Edificio Seneca
28040 Madrid
UNIVERSITAET BIELEFELD
Germany
Address
Universitaetsstrasse 25
33501 Bielefeld