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 SchemeSTREP - Specific Targeted Research Project
EH8 9YL Edinburgh