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Research Paper #739

Title:Modeling Biological Behaviour or "Dumb Animals and Stupid Robots"
Date: 1993
Presented:In the Proceedings of the Second European Conference on Artificial life, Brussels, 1993
Abstract:This paper discusses some of the essential determinants of successful sensory-motor mechanisms in biological systems that are seriously under-represented in most Artificial Life models. These include specificity, non-centralised processes, and exploitation of the physical sensory and motor interface of the agent and environment. The ideas are illustrated in the interpretation of biological evidence, and the building of a robot model, for a hypothesised mechanism of cricket phonotaxis (the ability to track a conspecific auditory signal). the robot's behaviour confirms that the specificity of the task and effects of the environmental interface can be utilised to obtain a simple but effective location device.

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