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Reverse Engineering the Vertebrate Brain

Posted 9 May 2006 at 16:30 UTC by steve Share This

Roland Piquepaille writes, "There are currently many efforts around the world which aim to build autonomous robots able to deal with their environment under unexpected circumstances. One of these is a UK project named Reverb (short for "Reverse Engineering the Vertebrate Brain"), led by BAE Systems with the help of several universities. The goal of this project, which is scheduled to be completed in 2010, is to better understand animal brains and their visual systems. This knowledge will be then transferred to robots, and more specifically to self-thinking or fully autonomous vehicles" For more see the Business Online article, which notes one goal of the project is a "self thinking armoured vehicle" for miltary use. Also see Roland's blog for photos and his take on the story. For technical details on what aspects of the brain are being applied to robots, see the handful of papers published by the Reverb project.

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