Michael Knowles

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Recent years have seen convergence in research on brain mechanisms and neurocomputational approaches, culminating in the creation of a new generation of robots whose artificial "brains" respect neuroscience principles and whose "cognitive" systems venture into higher cognitive domains such as planning and action sequencing, complex object and concept(More)
Information processing and responding to sensory input with appropriate actions are among the most important capabilities of the brain and the brain has specific areas that deal with auditory or visual processing. The auditory information is sent first to the cochlea, then to the inferior colliculus area and then later to the auditory cortex where it is(More)
In order to produce robots which can interact more effectively with humans we propose that it is necessary for their cognitive processes to be grounded in the same perceptual elements as humans deal with. Perceptual Symbol Systems offer an attractive mechanism for capturing the symbolic properties of the senses and for integrating them into higher level(More)
Renewable energy sources such as wind energy are available without any limitations. In order to extract this energy efficiency, the reliability of such technologies is critical if pay back periods and power generation requirements are to be met. Due to recent developments in the field of wind engineering and in particular the expansion of installed capacity(More)
Improving maintenance scheduling has become an area of crucial importance in recent years. Condition-based maintenance (CBM) has started to move away from scheduled maintenance by providing an indication of the likelihood of failure. Improving the timing of maintenance based on this information to maintain high reliability without resorting to(More)
Maintenance can play a key role in the long-term profitability of a company in the manufacturing sector, where it can have major impact on delivery, quality and cost. The importance of maintenance has increased, as high productivity and quality can be achieved by means of well-developed and organized maintenance strategies. However, this assumes that(More)
The First Convention of the Asian Psychological Association (APsyA) was held in Bali from 18-20th August 2006. This historic event marked the founding of the APsyA which is the first association in the Asian region with an individual membership spanning the whole field of psychology. The Conference was organized under the presidency of Sarlito Sarwono and(More)
In this paper we present a robotic head MIRA (Multimodal Interactive Robot Agent) which has been developed for studying the learning of human robot interaction and improving our understanding of human robot interaction techniques. In this paper we focus on two main aspects of the system; first, we describe how the robot head learns to recognise faces for(More)
The Second Middle East and North Africa Regional Conference of Psychology was held in Amman from 27 April - 1 May 2007 under the Royal Patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah and the auspices of the International Union of Psychological Science, the International Association of Applied Psychology, and the International Association of Cross-Cultural(More)
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