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'''''Reading material'''''
 
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Gerstner, Kreiter, Markram, Herz, ''Neural Codes: Firing Rates and Beyond'', Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 1997<br>
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Abbot, Nelson, ''Synaptic Plasticity: Taming the Beast'', Nature 2000<br>
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Floreano, Mattiussi, ''Evolution of Spiking Neural Controllers for Autonomous Vision-Based Robots'', Springer 2001<br>
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Di Paolo, ''Evolving Spike-Timing-Dependent Plasticity for Single Trial Learning in Robots'', Phil. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. 2003<br>
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Nelson, Grant, Henderson, ''Evolution of Neural Controllers for Competitive Game Playing with Teams of Mobile Robots'', Elsevier 2004<br>
   
 
'''''People who will be absent'''''
 
'''''People who will be absent'''''

Revision as of 17:21, 27 February 2007

Contents

Purpose

  1. Community. Keep everyone updated as to what other work is going on in the lab
  2. Research. Cross germination. Get feedback. Get help on problems. Get ideas.
  3. Admin. Lab administration.


Format

  1. Presentation & Discussion (30 - 50 mins)
    • Work you have been doing
    • Reading you have been doing in the context of your work
    • Other reading on something you are passionate about
  2. Robotics Group Administration (0 - 15 mins)


Try and make your session as involving as possible for everyone:

  • Send round material to be read beforehand.
  • Ask people before the meeting what aspects of your work / reading they would like to know about or discuss.
  • Think about implications of what you are presenting for the research direction of the lab as a whole - methodologies, technologies etc.


Timing & Attendance

The weekly meetings ALWAYS take place on

Wednesdays at 15.00

Unless:

  • A given Wednesday is a public holiday, or
  • Something very important (like a Ph.D. defense) is overlapping.

If either should happen the meeting is postponed to the next day.

Please indicate on this wiki page if you are not going to be able to attend a meeting (no later than the Friday before).

If you forget to note your absence in advance you will be severely punished and will be forced to buy a nice, big cake for the following meeting.

Previous Meetings

See Minutes and agendas from previous meetings.


Wednesday 15th November 2006 - Shervin

Agenda

  1. Presentation / Discussion
    • The presentation is about the experiment I'm currently setting up on simulation. The experiment compares the chains with a new controller I call forcefield. I will shortly describe my new controller, and give a detailed description of the experimental setup and the results I expect. My goal for the discussion is mainly to get some feedback and criticism concerning the experiment.
  2. Robotics Group Admin

Reading material


People who will be absent

Wednesday 6th December 2006 - Alexandre

Agenda

  1. Presentation / Discussion
    • The presentation will describe my current work on the use of virtual pheromones for path selection. The predictions of a mathematical model will be compared with results from simulated experiments. I will show that the group of robots is able to display a collective choice in favour of the shortest path, and that it can possibly balance the exploitation of these paths.
  2. Robotics Group Admin

Reading material

People who will be absent



Wednesday 10th January 2006 - Rehan

Agenda

I will be presenting the recent set of experiments I have done on functional self assembly and adaptive hill rotation.

  1. Presentation / Discussion
  2. Robotics Group Admin

Reading material

People who will be absent



Wednesday 17th January 2006 - Anders

Agenda

  1. Presentation / Discussion
    • Fault detection for automonous mobile robots.
  2. Robotics Group Admin

Reading material

People who will be absent




Wednesday 31st January 2006 - Christos

Agenda

  1. Presentation / Discussion
    • I will present my work in progress concerning :

a)The Evolution of Self-Assembly: Artificial Evolution can be used as an automated process that can identify the conditions for achieving self-assembly in autonomous robots. In this work we follow an approach where the experimenter does not predefine all necessary conditions,including motion, gripping, seeding. On the contrary, we want the ANN to control all these events. Particular importance will be given to the emergence of role in the robots. "Who grips whom" in a homogeneous robot group? b)The Evolution of Communication in the case of collective categorization through different history or experience. This work is an extension of an idea I developed on trying to evolve communication in groups of robots with different sensory apparatus (morphologically heterogeneous agents).

  1. Robotics Group Admin

Reading material

People who will be absent Rehan



Wednesday 14th February 2007 - ECAgents project DVD projection

Agenda

  1. Presentation / Discussion
    • The IST-FET project ECAgents (www.ecagents.org) is a project on which Elio and Christos are working. The project is coordinated by CNR in Rome (Stefano Nolfi) and participants include Luc Steel's SONY Lab in Paris, Jean-Louis Deneubourg in ULB, Dario Floreano at EPFL-Lausanne among others. Recently a DVD was made introducing the project, its goals and some of its results and this DVD will be projected so that people in IRIDIA know more details about ECAgents.
  2. Robotics Group Admin

Reading material

People who will be absent



Wednesday 28th February 2006 - Carlo

Agenda

  1. Presentation / Discussion
    • An introduction to spiking networks: a biological background and some applications to robotics.
    • An interesting application for collective robotics: the Capture the Flag game.
  2. Robotics Group Admin

Reading material

Gerstner, Kreiter, Markram, Herz, Neural Codes: Firing Rates and Beyond, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 1997
Abbot, Nelson, Synaptic Plasticity: Taming the Beast, Nature 2000
Floreano, Mattiussi, Evolution of Spiking Neural Controllers for Autonomous Vision-Based Robots, Springer 2001
Di Paolo, Evolving Spike-Timing-Dependent Plasticity for Single Trial Learning in Robots, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. 2003
Nelson, Grant, Henderson, Evolution of Neural Controllers for Competitive Game Playing with Teams of Mobile Robots, Elsevier 2004

People who will be absent



Wednesday 14th March 2006 - Xavier

Agenda

  1. Presentation / Discussion
  2. Robotics Group Admin

Reading material

People who will be absent



Wednesday 28th March 2006 Post doc #2

Agenda

  1. Presentation / Discussion
  2. Robotics Group Admin

Reading material

People who will be absent



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