Robots and Biological Systems: Towards a New Bionics?

  • Paolo Dario
  • Giulio Sandini
  • Patrick Aebischer

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NATO ASI, volume 102)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Vision and Dynamic Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Michael J. Swain, Lambert E. Wixson, Dana H. Ballard
      Pages 21-42
    3. M. C. Morrone, D. C. Burr
      Pages 43-63
    4. Alan Rojer, Eric L. Schwartz
      Pages 65-87
    5. Harry Wechsler, Lee Zimmerman
      Pages 89-98
    6. S. Edelman, D. Weinshall, H. H. Bülthoff, T. Poggio
      Pages 99-118
  3. Hands and Tactile Perception

  4. Locomotion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
    2. D. J. Todd
      Pages 193-206
    3. Jeff Koechling, H. Marc
      Pages 239-269
    4. Atsuo Takanishi
      Pages 271-291
  5. Intelligent Motor Control

  6. Design Technologies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 473-473
    2. J. F. Wilson, D. Li, Z. Chen, R. T. George Jr.
      Pages 475-494
    3. G. Casalino, P. Chiarelli, D. De Rossi, G. Genuini, P. Morasso, M. Solari
      Pages 495-505
    4. A. M. Chiang
      Pages 535-551
    5. G. Sandini, P. Dario, M. DeMicheli, M. Tistarelli
      Pages 553-570
    6. Masuo Aizawa, Hiroaki Shinohara
      Pages 571-578
    7. Krishna C. Persaud, Jon Bartlett, Paolo Pelosi
      Pages 579-602
  7. Interfacing Robots to Nervous System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 603-603
    2. P. H. Veltink, J. A. van Alsté, J. Holsheimer
      Pages 605-623
    3. M. Grattarola, A. Cambiaso, S. Cenderelli, S. Martinoia, M. T. Parodi, M. Tedesco
      Pages 667-675
  8. Robot Societies and Self-Organization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 677-677
    2. Rodney A. Brooks, Anita M. Flynn
      Pages 679-702
    3. Gerardo Beni, Jing Wang
      Pages 703-712
    4. Toshio Fukuda, Yoshio Kawauchi
      Pages 745-782
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 783-792

About these proceedings


Bionics evolved in the 1960s as a framework to pursue the development of artificial systems based on the study of biological systems. Numerous disciplines and technologies, including artificial intelligence and learningdevices, information processing, systems architecture and control, perception, sensory mechanisms, and bioenergetics, contributed to bionics research. This volume is based on a NATO Advanced Research Workshop within the Special Programme on Sensory Systems for Robotic Control, held in Il Ciocco, Italy, in June 1989. A consensus emerged at the workshop, and is reflected in the book, on the value of learning from nature in order to derive guidelines for the design of intelligent machines which operate in unstructured environments. The papers in the book are grouped into seven chapters: vision and dynamic systems, hands and tactile perception, locomotion, intelligent motor control, design technologies, interfacing robots to nervous systems, and robot societies and self-organization.


Artificial intelligence Nervous System bionics intelligence learning robot systems architecture

Editors and affiliations

  • Paolo Dario
    • 1
  • Giulio Sandini
    • 2
  • Patrick Aebischer
    • 3
  1. 1.ARTS LabScuola Superiore S. AnnaPisaItaly
  2. 2.DISTUniversità degli Studi di GenovaGenovaItaly
  3. 3.Division de Recherche chirurgicaleLausanneSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-63461-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-58069-7
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