History of Robotics Research and Development of Japan2011Integration, Intelligence, etc.Realization of fully autonomous brain-machine hybrid system using an insect brain

Atsushi TakashimaResearch institute of national rehabilitation center for persons with disabilities
Ryo MinegishiTokyo institute of technology
Daisuke KurabayashiTokyo institute of technology
Ryohei KanzakiThe university of Tokyo
We have created a brain-machine hybrid system (BMHS) which is able to solve the chemical plume tracing (CPT) problem using a micro brain of a male silkworm moth. The purpose of the system is to investigate adaptability which is derived from interactions between the micro brain, body, and environment. The BMHS is a kind of cyborg system in which the body of a living being is replaced with a mobile robot and its brain is used to control the robot. The artificial body is controlled by motor commands for the original body that are extracted from a signal recorded in the brain. For that purpose, a small measurement system to record the signals was created and a method to reconstruct the motor commands from the signals was established. 25th RSJ Best Paper Award in 2011. IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Japan Chapter Young Award (2010 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems) in 2011. 第16 回創発システム・シンポジウム創発夏の学校最優秀ポスター賞 in 2011. 計測自動制御学会SI部門賞若手奨励賞 in 2009.
Brain-machine hybrid system

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