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From Locomotion to Cognition: Cheap design approach to adaptive behavior

Datum: 18.01.2006
Uhrzeit: 17:15-19:00

Ort: MZH 5210

Vortragende(r): Prof. Fumiya Iida http://www.lauflabor.de/" target="_blank" tabindex="11">Homepage - Vortragende(r) (Universität Zürich, CH)

Fumiya Iida is a senior researcher of Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, University of Zurich and Locomotion Laboratory, University of Jena, Germany. He received BSc. and MSc. degrees of mechanical engineering from Tokyo University of Science, and PhD of natural science from University of Zurich.

Adaptive autonomous systems in the real world continuously encounter new demanding situations derived from the physical constraints of their own body and the environment. They have to acquire the information about the environment through their own sensory systems, and adaptive behaviors have to be achieved by exploiting a highly restricted amount of resources such as limited number of sensors and motors. Based on a number of case studies in biology and recent robotics, it has been found that the exploitation of such physical constraints is an essential aspect of autonomous adaptive systems, and this concept was previously formulated as the principle of “Cheap Design”.
This talk will particularly focus on how cheap design leads to behavioral diversity by exploiting low-level specifications such as body dynamics and morphological properties. By considering dynamic interactions between robots and environment as the central issue, we will discuss the underlying mechanisms of "cheap" locomotion through the case studies of walking, hopping, running, and swimming robots. Furthermore, we will speculate how the cheap design approach will change our view of perception and cognition from the perspective of embodied artificial intelligence.


Ansprechpartner(in) / Einladende(r):
Prof. Dr. Frank Kirchner