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Poramate Manoonpong, Frank Pasemann, Joern Fischer, and Hubert Roth (2005)

Neural Processing of Auditory Signals and Modular Neural Control for Sound Tropism of Walking Machines

International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems 2(3):223–-234.  (export entry)


Computational Neuroscience
The specialized hairs and slit sensillae of spiders (Cupiennius salei) can sense the airflow and auditory signals in a low-frequency range. They provide the sensor information for reactive behavior, like e.g. capturing a prey. In analogy, in this paper a setup is described where two microphones and a neural preprocessing system together with a modular neural controller are used to generate a sound tropism of a four-legged walking machine. The neural preprocessing network is acting as a low-pass filter and it is followed by a network which discerns between signals coming from the left or the right. The parameters of these networks are optimized by an evolutionary algorithm. In addition, a simple modular neural controller then generates the desired different walking patterns such that the machine walks straight, then turns towards a switched-on sound source, and then stops near to it.