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April 11, 2011

Mtg: Study of Human and Robotic Motion: What It Can Teach Us About Our Brains and Bodies

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WEDNESDAY April 13, 2011
SCV Control Systems Chapter
Speaker: Vytas Sunspiral, NASA Ames
Time: Networking/Refreshments at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Cogswell Polytechnical College, 1175 Bordeaux Drive, Sunnyvale
RSVP: from website
Web: ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/css

There is a fundamental connection between understanding our daily human experience and researching robotics.? This connection is Motion.? Because our brains exist to coordinate motion, if we wish to understand how we think, feel, and relate to others, we should start by understanding how we move.? Robotics is also fundamentally a science of Motion, spanning the range from motor controllers to advanced algorithms for world modeling and deciding where to move to.? This talk will integrate lessons learned from many robotics systems (both NASA built robots and others), and emerging theories of human physiology and neuroscience to paint an integrated picture of how our brains and bodies work together to create coordinated actions in a messy dynamic world.? In the process we will see that unlike computers, our brains are organized around timing, rhythm, and synchronization, and that human qualities like self-awareness may be the side effect of the computational requirements of intentional motion.

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