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A Conserved Neural Circuit-Based Architecture for Ambulatory and
 

Summary: P A P E R
A Conserved Neural Circuit-Based
Architecture for Ambulatory and
Undulatory Biomimetic Robots
A U T H O R S
Joseph Ayers
Anthony Westphal
Daniel Blustein
Department of Biology and
Marine Science Center,
Northeastern University
A B S T R A C T
The adaptive capabilities of underwater organisms result from layered extero-
ceptive reflexes responding to gravity, impediment, and hydrodynamic and optical
flow. In combination with taxic responses to point sources of sound or chemicals,
these reflexes allow reactive autonomy in the most challenging of environments.
We are developing a new generation of lobster and lamprey-based robots that op-
erate under control by synaptic networks rather than algorithms. The networks,
based on the command neuron, coordinating neuron, and central pattern generator
architecture, code sensor input as labeled lines and activate shape memory alloy-

  

Source: Ayers, Joseph - Marine Science Center & Department of Biology, Northeastern University

 

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