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Developmental robotics: Manifesto and application.

Developmental robotics: Manifesto and application.
Developmental robotics: Manifesto and application.
We argue that all embodied organisms, whether robots or animals, face the same challenge: of adapting to bodies, brains and environments that undergo constant and inevitable change. After highlighting the evidence for the universal role of a class of molecular factors called neurotrophic factors in the response of animals to this challenge, we suggest that implementing models of neurotrophic interactions on robots may confer on them the adaptability and robustness exhibited by animals. We briefly review a mathematical model of neurotrophic interactions and then discuss its application in a robotic context. Finally, we examine the potential, or otherwise, of our approach to developmental robotics.
1364-503X
2187-2206
Elliott, Terry
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Shadbolt, Nigel R
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Elliott, Terry
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Elliott, Terry and Shadbolt, Nigel R (2003) Developmental robotics: Manifesto and application. Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society A, 361, 2187-2206.

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We argue that all embodied organisms, whether robots or animals, face the same challenge: of adapting to bodies, brains and environments that undergo constant and inevitable change. After highlighting the evidence for the universal role of a class of molecular factors called neurotrophic factors in the response of animals to this challenge, we suggest that implementing models of neurotrophic interactions on robots may confer on them the adaptability and robustness exhibited by animals. We briefly review a mathematical model of neurotrophic interactions and then discuss its application in a robotic context. Finally, we examine the potential, or otherwise, of our approach to developmental robotics.

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Published date: 2003
Organisations: Web & Internet Science

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Local EPrints ID: 258899
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/258899
ISSN: 1364-503X
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Date deposited: 26 Feb 2004
Last modified: 16 Dec 2019 20:45

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