MIRO: A Robot “Mammal” with a Biomimetic Brain-Based Control System

  • Ben Mitchinson
  • Tony J. PrescottEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9793)


We describe the design of a novel commercial biomimetic brain-based robot, MIRO, developed as a prototype robot companion. The MIRO robot is animal-like in several aspects of its appearance, however, it is also biomimetic in a more significant way, in that its control architecture mimics some of the key principles underlying the design of the mammalian brain as revealed by neuroscience. Specifically, MIRO builds on decades of previous work in developing robots with brain-based control systems using a layered control architecture alongside centralized mechanisms for integration and action selection. MIRO’s control system operates across three core processors, P1-P3, that mimic aspects of spinal cord, brainstem, and forebrain functionality respectively. Whilst designed as a versatile prototype for next generation companion robots, MIRO also provides developers and researchers with a new platform for investigating the potential advantages of brain-based control.


Control Architecture Layered Control Sensory Stream Robot Companion Shaft Encoder 
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The development of the MIRO robot was funded by Eaglemoss Publishing and Consequential Robotics with contributions from Sebastian Conran, Tom Pearce, Victor Chen, Dave Keating, Jim Wyatt, Maggie Calmels, and Emily Collins. Our research on layered architectures was also supported by the FP7 WYSIWYD project (ICT-612139), and the EPSRC BELLA project (EP/I032533/1).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology and Sheffield RoboticsUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK

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