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The Playful Machine

Theoretical Foundation and Practical Realization of Self-Organizing Robots

  • Ralf Der
  • Georg Martius

Part of the Cognitive Systems Monographs book series (COSMOS, volume 15)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  19. Back Matter

About this book

Introduction

Autonomous robots may become our closest companions in the near future. While the technology for physically building such machines is already available today, a problem lies in the generation of the behavior for such complex machines. Nature proposes a solution: young children and higher animals learn to master their complex brain-body systems by playing. Can this be an option for robots? How can a machine be playful? The book provides answers by developing a general principle---homeokinesis, the dynamical symbiosis between brain, body, and environment---that is shown to drive robots to self- determined, individual development in a playful and obviously embodiment- related way: a dog-like robot starts playing with a barrier, eventually jumping or climbing over it; a snakebot develops coiling and jumping modes; humanoids develop climbing behaviors when fallen into a pit, or engage in wrestling-like scenarios when encountering an opponent. The book also develops guided self-organization, a new method that helps to make the playful machines fit for fulfilling tasks in the real world.

The book provides two levels of presentation. Students and scientific researchers interested in the field of robotics, self-organization and dynamical systems theory may be satisfied by the in-depth mathematical analysis of the principle, the bootstrapping scenarios, and the emerging behaviors. But the book additionally comes with a robotics simulator inviting also the non- scientific reader to simply enjoy the fabulous world of playful machines by performing the numerous experiments.

Keywords

Adaptive Systems Artificial Intelligence Embodied Cognition Machine Learning Robotics

Authors and affiliations

  • Ralf Der
    • 1
  • Georg Martius
    • 1
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institute for Mathematics in the SciencesLeipzigGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-20253-7
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Mathematics and Statistics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-20252-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-20253-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1867-4925
  • Series Online ISSN 1867-4933
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