Spatial Temporal Patterns for Action-Oriented Perception in Roving Robots

  • Paolo Arena
  • Luca Patanè

Part of the Cognitive Systems Monographs book series (COSMOS, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
  2. Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. B. Webb, J. Wessnitzer
      Pages 3-42
    3. H. Cruse, V. Dürr, M. Schilling, J. Schmitz
      Pages 43-96
    4. B. Webb, J. Wessnitzer, H. Rosano, M. Szenher, M. Zampoglou, T. Haferlach et al.
      Pages 97-175
  3. Cognitive Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. H. Cruse, V. Dürr, M. Schilling, J. Schmitz
      Pages 179-218
    3. M. G. Velarde, V. A. Makarov, N. P. Castellanos, Y. L. Song, D. Lombardo
      Pages 219-268
    4. P. Arena, S. De Fiore, M. Frasca, D. Lombardo, L. Patané
      Pages 269-308
    5. P. Arena, D. Lombardo, L. Patané
      Pages 309-347
  4. Software/Hardware Cognitive Architecture and Experiments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 349-349
    2. L. Alba, R. Domínguez Castro, F. Jiménez-Garrido, S. Espejo, S. Morillas, J. Listán et al.
      Pages 351-369
    3. Á. Zarándy, Cs. Rekeczky
      Pages 371-384
    4. L. Alba, P. Arena, S. De Fiore, L. Patané
      Pages 385-397
    5. P. Arena, S. De Fiore, D. Lombardo, L. Patané
      Pages 399-422
  5. Back Matter

About this book


This volume collects the most significant results of the European research Project called "SPARK", whose aim was to develop new cognitive architectures and new sensing-perceiving-moving artefacts, inspired by the basic principles of living systems and based on the concept of "self-organization" in complex systems generating spatial temporal patterns.

The book is organized in three parts. Part I "Principles of insect perception" reports a thorough survey of the state of the art in perception for action.

The central Part II "Cognitive Models" describes new approaches to attain high cognitive capabilities in roving robots, for which detailed Structures are still lacking, even referring to insect brain. Some of the models introduced rely on the insect-inspired parallel sensory-motor pathways, others exploit the emergence Spatial-temporal Patterns (used as perceptual states) arising in non linear Reaction-Diffusion Equations, some others build upon the neural networks modelling Stick Insect locomotion.

The last part of the book Part III "Software/Hardware cognitive architecture and experiments" is related to the implementation of the proposed cognitive models on a software /hardware FPGA-based architecture embedded on wheeled and legged robots. Multimedia material, related to the experiments presented in the book, is available on the SPARK web page:


Biologically Inspired Robots Cognitive Architecture FPGA-based Hardware Insect Perception Robot Perception Roving Robots Sensory-motor Coordination robot sensing

Editors and affiliations

  • Paolo Arena
    • 1
  • Luca Patanè
    • 1
  1. 1.Università di CataniaCataniaItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-88463-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-88464-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1867-4925
  • Series Online ISSN 1867-4933
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