Biomimetics in Intelligent Sensor and Actuator Automation Systems

  • Dietmar Bruckner
  • Dietmar Dietrich
  • Gerhard Zucker
  • Brit Müller
Part of the Biological and Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering book series (BIOMEDICAL)


Intelligent machines are really an old mankind’s dream. With increasing technological development, the requirements for intelligent devices also increased. However, up to know, artificial intelligence (AI) lacks solutions to the demands of truly intelligent machines that have no problems to integrate themselves into daily human environments. Current hardware with a processing power of billions of operations per second (but without any model of human-like intelligence) could not substantially contribute to the intelligence of machines when compared with that of the early AI times. There are great results, of course. Machines are able to find the shortest path between far apart cities on the map; algorithms let you find information described only by few key words. But no machine is able to get us a cup of coffee from the kitchen yet.

Biomimetics, being the application of biological systems found in nature to the study and the design of engineering systems and modern technology, is the promising method. However, it has to be implemented reasonably, which is argued and detailed below. Doing so, a new research field – the alliance between engineering and psychoanalysis – emerged, which is presented in this contribution. The ultimate goal of this research is to create a human-like intelligence for the control of automation systems that consist of sensors and actuators interconnected via field bus systems.


Decision Unit Mental Apparatus Human Psyche Outer World Abstract Layer 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dietmar Bruckner
    • 1
  • Dietmar Dietrich
  • Gerhard Zucker
  • Brit Müller
  1. 1.Institute of Computer TechnologyVienna University of TechnologyViennaAustria

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