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From Brain Science to Intelligent Machines

Braitenberg vehicles: From Theory to Implementation

Date: Thursday 21/11/2013
Venue: MS020
Time: 1.00 pm
Speaker: Dr. Inaki Rano
Affiliation: School of Computing and Intelligent Systems
University of Ulster, Magee


Braitenberg vehicles: From Theory to Implementation


By

Dr. Inaki Rano

Lecturer in Cognitive Robotics

School of Computing and Intelligent Systems
University of Ulster, Magee

 

Abstract:
Braitenberg vehicles are well known models of animal behaviour used assteering mechanisms in mobile robotics and Artificial Life. Because of their simplicity, they are mainly used for teaching robotics, whilst the lack of a quantitative theory makes troublesome their use for research purposes. This talk will present ongoing efforts to quantitatively model, understand and use Braitenberg vehicles. Starting from the qualitative model the talk will present theoretical results and an implementation of one of the vehicles which can be used for coverage tasks like cleaning, de-mining or surveillance.

Short biography:
Inaki Rano holds a MSc in Physics ('97) and a PhD in Computer
Sciences ('04) from the University of the Basque Country. From 1997 to
2004 and from 2005 to 2010 he was, respectively, a member of the
Robotics and Autonomous Systems Group of the University of the Basque
Country, and the Robotics, Perception and Real Time Group of the
University of Zaragoza. In 2011 he joined the Institute for Neural Computation
of the Ruhr-Universitat Bochum. Since 2013 he is Lecturer on Cognitive
Robotics in the School of Computing and Intelligent Systems at the University
of Ulster. His main research interest focus on bio-robotics and control theory.