Towards Robot Self-consciousness (I): Brain-Inspired Robot Mirror Neuron System Model and Its Application in Mirror Self-recognition

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10023)

Abstract

Mirror Self-Recognition is a well accepted test to identify whether an animal is with self-consciousness. Mirror neuron system is believed to be one of the most important biological foundation for Mirror Self-Recognition. Inspired by the biological mirror neuron system of the mammalian brain, we propose a Brain-inspired Robot Mirror Neuron System Model (Robot-MNS-Model) and we apply it to humanoid robots for mirror self-recognition. This model evaluates the similarity between the actual movements of robots and their visual perceptions. The association for self-recognition is supported by STDP learning which connects the correlated visual perception and motor control. The model is evaluated on self-recognition mirror test for 3 humanoid robots. Each robot has to decide which one is itself after a series of random movements facing a mirror. The results show that with the proposed model, multiple robots can pass the self-recognition mirror test at the same time, which is a step forward towards robot self-consciousness.

Keywords

Robot self-consciousness Mirror self-recognition Mirror neuron system Associative learning 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.Center for Excellence in Brain Science and Intelligence TechnologyChinese Academy of SciencesShanghaiChina

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