Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Animat project at Reading University

As reported on the BBC news website (and now many other news channels), and as subsequently nicely summarised by Mo at Neurophilosophy, the Animat project at the University of Reading aims to use a biological neuron culture to not just control a mobile robot, but also to receive sensory signals (in this case from 4 sonar sensors) from the robot - thus a closed loop system. The work is being done by CIRG (of which I am a part), in collaboration with the Pharmacy department, and hopes to allow the the biological neuronal culture to learn control of the mobile robot through the feedback mechanism in order to produce meaningful real-world behaviours - such as obstacle avoidance for example.

The official press release is here, and further information can be found here.

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