Cornelius Weber

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By frame of reference transformations, an input variable in one coordinate system is transformed into an output variable in a different coordinate system depending on another input variable. If the variables are represented as neural population codes, then a sigma–pi network is a natural way of coding this transformation. By multiplying two inputs it(More)
We present a simple computational model to study the interplay of activity dependent and intrinsic processes thought to be involved in the formation of topographic neural projections. Our model consists of two input layers which project to one target layer. The connections between layers are described by a set of synaptic weights. These weights develop(More)
Current models for learning feature detectors work on two timescales: on a fast timescale, the internal neurons' activations adapt to the current stimulus; on a slow timescale, the weights adapt to the statistics of the set of stimuli. Here we explore the adaptation of a neuron's intrinsic excitability, termed intrinsic plasticity, which occurs on a(More)
We present a solution for robotic docking, i.e. approach of a robot toward a table so that it can grasp an object. One constraint is that our PeopleBot robot has a short non-extendable gripper and wide ‘shoulders’. Therefore, it must approach the table at a perpendicular angle so that the gripper can reach over it. Another constraint is the use of vision to(More)
Learning by multimodal observation of vision and language offers a potentially powerful paradigm for robot learning. Recent experiments have shown that ‘mirror’ neurons are activated when an action is being performed, perceived, or verbally referred to. Different input modalities are processed by distributed cortical neuron ensembles for leg, arm and head(More)
J. Oberzaucher CEIT RALTEC, Institute of Rehabilitation and Assisted Living Technologies, Schwechat, Austria e-mail: j.oberzaucher@fh-kaernten.at Abstract Demographic developments have challenged our research on how to assist elderly people by using robots. The KSERA (Knowledgeable SErvice Robots for Aging) project integrates smart home technology and a(More)
The visual recognition of complex, articulated human movements is fundamental for a wide range of artificial systems oriented toward human-robot communication, action classification, and action-driven perception. These challenging tasks may generally involve the processing of a huge amount of visual information and learning-based mechanisms for generalizing(More)
Person tracking is an important topic in ambient living systems as well as in computer vision. In particular, detecting a person from a ceiling-mounted camera is a challenge since the person’s appearance is very different from the top or from the side view, and the shape of the person changes significantly when moving around the room. This article presents(More)