From neuroscience to cognitive robotics
16:00 - 18:00
Dr. Thrisnatha Nanayakkara
Lectures, talks and seminars
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Computation that spans across neural, musculo-skeletal, and environmental circuits.
The neuroscience community has long been trying to understand how the central nervous system is managing the concurrent control of the whole body with many degrees of freedom to survive in situations that need fast responses, but with slow communication pathways.
The robotics community too has addressed the same problem of surviving in uncertain environments by efficiently solving the concurrent computation problems.
In this talk, Dr. Thrishantha Nanayakkara will show some recent findings from his lab that show the physical structures in the body work in conjunction with neural controllers to solve control problems locally. We call this phenomenon - “morphological computation” – the computation that spans across neural, musculo-skeletal, and environmental circuits. Dr. Nanayakkara will show how he tests some of these hypotheses using laboratory made robotic devices.
Dr. Thrishantha Nanayakkara is a Reader in Design Engineering and Robotics, and the Head of the Robotics and Manufacturing Theme at the Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London.
Dr. Nanayakkara has been a senior lecturer in robotics at King’s College London, Radcliffe Fellow, Harvard University, USA, research affiliate at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, MIT, USA, and a postdoctoral research fellow in the department of Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, USA. His research interests are in morphological computation, soft robotics, and human-robot interaction. Visit his research site for more information.