Towards temporal cognition for robots: A neurodynamics approach

Weronika Wojtak, Flora Ferreira, Luis Louro, Estela Bicho, Wolfram Erlhagen
2017 2017 Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL-EpiRob)  
If we want robots to engage effectively with humans in service applications or in collaborative work scenarios they have be endowed with the capacity to perceive the passage of time and control the timing of their actions. Here we report result of a robotics experiment in which we test a computational model of action timing based on processing principles of neurodynamics. A key assumption is that elapsed time is encoded in the consistent buildup of persistent population activity representing
more » ... memory of sensory or motor events. The stored information can be recalled using a ramp-to-threshold dynamics to guide actions in time. For the experiment we adopt an assembly paradigm from our previous work on natural human-robot interactions. The robot first watches a human executing a sequence of assembly steps. Subsequently, it has to execute the steps from memory in the correct order and in synchrony with an external timing signal. We show that the robot is able to efficiently adapt its motor timing and to store this information in memory using the temporal mismatch between the neural processing of the sensory feedback about executed actions and the external cue.
doi:10.1109/devlrn.2017.8329836 dblp:conf/icdl-epirob/WojtakFLBE17 fatcat:43yy372du5ei5n5mhtxhnicnee