by Ismael Baira Ojeda ¦ Research assistant at DTU – Center for Playware.
The research of the DTU Center for Playware and the Human Brain Project does not go unnoticed in Denmark.
Professor Henrik Hautop Lund is in charge of Denmark’s contribution to a major EU project to map the human brain. His group of researchers including Silvia Tolu and Ismael Baira Ojeda at the DTU Center for Playware are developing cerebellar-like models that together with machine learning algorithms are controlling and teaching modular robots how to move (Photo: Henrik Hautop Lund, DTU Electrical Engineering).
Following, a translation of the article:
Artificial brains to provide innovative brain-like technologies.
Approximately 100 research groups collaborate within The Human Brain Project, working at different topics regarding neuroscientific and robotics research.
“Our role involves robotics research, that is to create models of the brain to be put into a simulation of a physical body. We must not only create a complete artificial brain but also implement the interaction between ‘nerve signals’ and movement, “explains Henrik Hautop Lund, head of the Danish contribution to the project.
DTU researchers implement cerebellar-like models using the neuromorphic SpiNNaker platform. Those models are linked via radio to the robot modules achieving the motor control and learning of the desired trajectory.
The artificial brain is implemented on simulations or in neuromorphic hardware. The brain-like model sends signals to a radio transmitter that transmits them to the robot. When the radio signal is received by the robot, the robot reads them and then traces out the movement defined by the code. Source: Ismael Baira Ojeda.
This interaction between brain models and robot actuators might make possible the development of more flexible prosthesis in the future that may have a greater human-like movement, explains Henrik Hautop Lund.
“We may eventually create robots that are more compliant and that can adapt better to new or uncertain environments while achieving smooth movements. ” comments Ismael Baira Ojeda.
At the same time, Henrik Lund Hautop thinks that in the future we will be able to enjoy household robots that can better adapt to different households and needs.
“It is not good that a robot has stiff and precise movements that could possibly damage a person if it is to be part of a household or collaborate with humans.” says Ismael Baira Ojeda.
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