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WHITEHEAD LECTURE, "Robot control using living neuronal cells: progress and challenges", Wed 9 March, Goldsmith's College
Contact: Prof. Mark Bishop, firstname.lastname@example.org
5th Whitehead lecture, Spring term 2011, by: Dr. Victor Beccerra, Department of Cybernetics, School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading @ 4.00pm
==================================================================== ABSTRACT: Typically, mobile robots are controlled by means of an embedded computer. Recent EPSRC funded research has been carried out at the University of Reading in which dissociated biological neurons have been cultured, electrically interfaced, and employed to send commands to a mobile robot, and to receive stimulation derived from the sensors mounted at the robot. In this way, it can be argued that the interfaced neural culture is taking at least part of the role of the controller of the robot. The principal aim of this research project was, by using experiments such as the one described above, to investigate the computational and learning capacity of dissociated neuronal cultures. This seminar provides an overview of the problem area, introduces the breath of ongoing research, and states a number of open questions that may be answered by future research. BRIEF BIO: Victor Becerra is a Reader in Cybernetics. He has been an academic at Reading since January 2000. He was previously a Research Fellow in the Control Engineering Research Centre at City University, London, between 1994 and 1999. He obtained his PhD in Control Engineering from City University, London, in 1994, for his work in the development of optimal control algorithms. He obtained his BEng in Electrical Engineering from Simon Bolivar University, Venezuela, in 1990.