Michela Ponticorvo

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INTRODUCTION Unilateral Spatial Neglect (USN) is a common consequence of right brain damage. In the most severe cases, behavioral signs of USN can last several years and compromise patients' autonomy and social rehabilitation. These clinical facts stress the need for reliable procedures of diagnosis and rehabilitation. STATE OF THE ART The last 3 decades(More)
Research paper Purpose of this paper This paper describe an integrated hardware/software system based on Evolutionary Robotics and its application in Edutainment context. Design/methodology/approach The system is based on a wide variety of Artificial Life techniques (Artificial Neural Networks, Genetic Algorithms, User Guided Evolutionary Design and(More)
In this paper we describe a new approach in Evolutionary Robotics according to which human breeders are involved in the evolutionary process. While traditionally robots are selected to reproduce automatically according to a fitness formula, a quantitative and strictly defined measure, human breeders can operate a selection basing on qualitative criteria,(More)
In the 1930s and 1940s, Edward Tolman developed a psychological theory of spatial orientation in rats and humans. He expressed his theory as an automaton (the "schematic sowbug") or what today we would call an "artificial organism." With the technology of the day, he could not implement his model. Nonetheless, he used it to develop empirical predictions(More)
The paper describes Breedbot an edutainment software and hardware system that could be used to evolve autonomous agents in digital (software) world and to transfer the evolved minds in physical agents (robots). The system is based on a wide variety of Artificial Life techniques (Artificial Neural Networks, Genetic Algorithms, User Guided Evolutionary Design(More)
Vertebrate species use geometric information and non-geometric or featural cues to orient. Under some circumstances, when both geometric and non-geometric information are available, the geometric information overwhelms non-geometric cues (geometric primacy). In other cases, we observe the inverse tendency or the successful integration of both cues. In past(More)
Cooperation allows individuals to reach goals that one single cannot achieve. In ethological studies the mechanisms of cooperation have been widely investigated; new experimental paradigms are now introduced in controlled environments to simplify the approach and to go deep inside the strategies of cooperation. One of these experimental paradigms is the "(More)