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Self-suucient and autonomous robots necessarily make their own decisions. As designers of robots we need ways of assessing their behaviour. A functional method, called the basic cycle which is based on the utility of the robot owner, is proposed to assess the robot's performance within an environmental niche. The method allows judgements to be made on the(More)
A thesis submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy This thesis presents one possible way to design a control architecture that can be used to govern artiicial animals. Such artefacts perform multiple-tasks and are expected to exist in a somewhat hostile environment { they have to be adaptive. It also defends the position that automata, and animals,(More)
Object recognition is one of the most important tasks of the visual cortex. Even though it has been closely studied in the field of computer vision and neuroscience, the underlying processes in the visual cortex are not completely understood. A model that lately has gained attention is the HMAX model, which describes a feedforward hierarchical structure.(More)
In this paper we show that a phenomenon in animal learning theory (the outcome devaluation eeect) for which there is dispute over whether explicit representations and symbolic reasoning is required for its performance , does not require such things. This is done using a reactive motivational model, previously inspired from ethological thought, to which some(More)
was followed by an exchange focusing on the problem of fre will (and other issues) between me and two critics, They get the last word in this exchange, but I'll counter later. Recently there have been a number of attempts from students of mathematical and physical backgrounds to re-establish a dualistic approach to mind and behaviour. Most notable has been(More)
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