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Pages 176-183
First published 30 July 2014

Active Shape Discrimination with Physical Reservoir Computers

Chris Johnson, Andrew Philippides and Philip Husbands

Abstract (Excerpt)

We present the first example of 'minimally cognitive' sensorimotor behaviour arising from a body as physical reservoir. By revisiting an experiment introduced by Beer (1996) and replacing the continuous-time recurrent neural network (CTRNN) therein with networks of mass-spring-dampers we demonstrate that bodies may be exploited for more than control and pattern generation and take over some tasks which were previously thought to require a central nervous system.