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Measuring and modelling relativistic-like effects in brain and NCSs

Measuring and modelling relativistic-like effects in brain and NCSs

Objective

MEMORY is an innovative and ambitious project that aims to measure and model the dynamics of spatial and temporal perception with a cross-disciplinary approach that combines direct psychophysical and electrophysiological measurements with real-world modeling and novel wireless communication and sensing technologies. The project builds on recent psychophysical and neurophysiological findings showing that as humans and animals move their eyes, their visual systems are subject to strong and robust (albeit transient) distortions in space and in time.

It has been suggested, with strong supporting evidence, that these distortions may be relativistic-like consequences of the rapid remapping of neurones, necessary to compensate for the changes in retinal position produced by the eye movement. We plan to investigate and measure these phenomena with a multidisciplinary approach that combines the techniques of human psychophysics, functional magnetic imaging, animal neurophysiology and modeling. We then plan to simulate these effects within a Networked Control System (NCS), with two major goals: to understand and model the neural effects within a well-controlled and easily manipulated environment; and to look for and to correct similar problems within Network Control Systems.

The approach is intrinsically multidisciplinary and multidimensional. The approach is innovative and unorthodox, in that it considers that space and time are not analyzed separately by the brain, but in an intrinsically multidimensional fashion. The same multi-dimensional approach is used for analyzing NCSs, borrowing heavily from neuroscience research, and vice versa. Although ambitious, the research is firmly founded on solid neuroscience and computer science principles, and highly likely to succeed.

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DI PISA

Address

Lungarno Pacinotti 43/44
Pisa

Italy

Administrative Contact

Maria Concetta MORRONE (Professor)

Participants (4)

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PHILIPPS-UNIVERSITY MARBURG

Germany

SCUOLA UNIVERSITARIA PROFESSIONALE DELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA

Switzerland

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

UNIVERSITÀ VITA-SALUTE SAN RAFFAELE

Italy

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 43236

  • Start date

    15 March 2007

  • End date

    14 September 2010

Funded under:

FP6-POLICIES

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 453 000

  • EU contribution

    € 1 281 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA DI PISA

Italy