Locational and Navigational Cells: The Nobel Prize for Physiology or Robotechnics

February 10, 2015, 19:30 lecture

On February 10th, the Digital October Center will play host to a Popular Lectorium lecture on mobile robots. Mikhail Burtsev will discuss whether or not biological knowledge might help to make robots smarter.

The majority of modern mobile robots are operator-controlled. The simplest way to make robots move autonomously is to have them orient themselves by a previously prepared map. Using these maps, navigation can be reasonably complicated. But a map is not always available, and, in such cases, the space needs to be mapped separately. Robotechnics are far less successful under such circumstances. In 2014, the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine was awarded for research into the neural mechanisms for navigation in animals. What are these mechanisms and how do they work? How is this ‘internal GPS’ connected with memory? How could this natural navigational system change robotechnics, and could biological information help to make robots smarter?

The speaker for this lecture will be Mikhail Burtsev, a Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences and the Head of the Kurchatovsky Institute, the NITs Laboratory of Neurointellect and Neuromorphic Systems.

This is a ticketed event. The price of admission is 350 rubles. Tickets will be available for purchase directly before the lecture.


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