Representations of body schemas for infant robot development

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Type Conference Proceeding (Non-Journal item)
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication5th International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics
Place of PublicationProvidence, RI USA
PublisherIEEE Press
Pages123-128
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-1-4673-9319-5
Publication statusPublished - 13 Aug 2015
EventIEEE ICDL - EPIROB 2015, 5th Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics - Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America
Duration: 13 Aug 201516 Aug 2015

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ConferenceIEEE ICDL - EPIROB 2015, 5th Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics
CountryUnited States of America
Period13 Aug 201516 Aug 2015
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Abstract

Psychological studies have often suggested that internal models of the body and it's structure are used to process sensory inputs such as proprioception from muscles and joints. Within robotics, there is often a need to have an internal representation of the body, integrating the multi-modal and multi-dimensional spaces in which it operates. Here we propose a body model in the form of a series of distributed spatial maps, that have not been purpose designed but have emerged through our experiments on developmental stages using a minimalist content-neutral approach. The result is an integrated series of 2D maps storing correlations and contingencies across modalities, and has some resonances with the structures used in the brain for sensorimotor coordination.