Connecting the Brain, Body, and Environment
244 pp., 7 x 9 in, 72 color illus., 53 b&w illus.
- Published: November 29, 2022
An introduction to neurorobotics that presents approaches and design principles for developing intelligent autonomous systems grounded in biology and neuroscience.
Neurorobotics is an interdisciplinary field that draws on artificial intelligence, cognitive sciences, computer science, engineering, psychology, neuroscience, and robotics. Because the brain is closely coupled to the body and situated in the environment, neurorobots—autonomous systems modeled after some aspect of the brain—offer a powerful tool for studying neural function and may also be a means for developing autonomous systems with intelligence that rivals that of biological organisms. This textbook introduces approaches and design principles for developing intelligent autonomous systems grounded in biology and neuroscience. It is written for anyone interested in learning about this topic and can be used in cognitive robotics courses for students in psychology, cognitive science, and computer science.
Neurorobotics covers the background and foundations of the field, with information on early neurorobots, relevant principles of neuroscience, learning rules and mechanisms, and reinforcement learning and prediction; neurorobot design principles grounded in neuroscience and principles of neuroscience research; and examples of neurorobots for navigation, developmental robotics, and social robots, presented with the cognitive science and neuroscience background that inspired them. A supplementary website offers videos, robot simulations, and links to software repositories with neurorobot examples.
“A much-needed book on biologically inspired autonomous and social robots that brings together foundational design principles, neuroscientific underpinnings, both pioneering and the latest research, application examples, and lots of robot fun.”
Lola Cañamero, Paris-Seine INEX Chair of Neuroscience and Robotics, ETIS Lab, CY Cergy Paris University, France
“At last, neuroscience meets cognitive robotics. Readers looking for philosophy, theory, implementations, and interactions with physical and social environments will find them all here.”
Minoru Asada, Vice-President, International Professional University of Technology in Osaka, Japan
“Building on the foundations in systems neuroscience and cognition, this book offers the first in-depth, comprehensive analysis of neurorobotics principles, methods, and applications.”
Angelo Cangelosi, Centre for Robotics and AI, University of Manchester, UK