Professor Chris Eliasmith is the creator of SPAUN, a brain simulation that mimics our own brain structure and one of the most advanced models ever created by scientists to understand neural and cognitive function.
Design of autonomous robots can strongly benefit from knowledge of biology and self-organization. ‘Soft Robotics’ designates a new generation of robots capable of functioning in the real world by capitalizing on ‘soft’ designs, i.e. skin, muscles, but also friendly interaction.
People have an interesting way of reasoning. It seems quite logical to us, but it has proven difficult to implement this in the ultimate logical system, the computer. How can you translate the flexible, context-sensitive nature of human understanding into working computer programs?
Mirror neurons have been considered one of the most important discoveries of modern neuroscience. What are their possible functions and applications and how can our understanding of mirror neurons be used in technology and robotics?