The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from Ghent University, "Recent work has linked this to the field of reservoir computing, allowing one to endow morphologies with a theory of universal computation. In this work, we study a family of highly dynamic body structures, called tensegrity structures, controlled by one of the simplest kinds of 'brains.' These structures can be used to model biomechanical systems at different scales. By analyzing this extreme instantiation of compliant structures, we demonstrate the existence of a spectrum of choices of how to implement control in the body-brain composite. We show that tensegrity structures can maintain complex gaits with linear feedback control and that external feedback can intrinsically be integrated in the control loop."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The various linear learning rules we consider differ in biological plausibility, and no specific assumptions are made on how to implement the feedback in a physical system."
For more information on this research see: Locomotion Without a Brain: Physical Reservoir Computing in Tensegrity Structures. Artificial Life, 2013;19(1):35-66. Artificial Life can be contacted at: Mit Press, 55 Hayward Street, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA. (Springer - www.springer.com; Artificial Life - www.springerlink.com/content/1433-5298/)
Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting K. Caluwaerts, University of Ghent, Elect & Informat Syst Department, Reservoir Lab, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium.
Keywords for this news article include: Ghent, Brain, Europe, Belgium, Central Nervous System, Artificial Intelligence
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