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More for less - Energy Efficiency in Neural Locomotion Control

Stratmann, Philipp and Röhrbein, Florian (2016) More for less - Energy Efficiency in Neural Locomotion Control. Bernstein Conference 2016, 2016-09-20 - 2016-09-24, Berlin, Germany.

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The evolution of the central nervous system of limbed vertebrates has strongly been driven by the need to move with small nutritional requirements. While the brain still consumes 20% of the resting metabolic energy, the evolved neural motor circuits are highly optimized, as illustrated by the comparison to the controller hardware in bio-mimicking robots that typically consumes more energy than the mechanical actuators. To reduce muscular metabolic demands, the motor circuits adjust their control dynamically to changing mechanical environments. If we want to fully understand neural motor circuits, we therefore need to ask how gaits can be controlled with high efficiency. This workshop will consider how the neural circuits in the cerebellum, brainstem, and spinal cord encode two aspects of efficient motor control: minimizing the metabolic costs of the neural calculations on the one hand and reducing muscular energy consumption by exploiting resonance properties of the biomechanical system on the other hand. To provide a broad overview over these two aspects, we will approach the topics both from a theoretical and experimental point of view. We invite speakers with a background in experimental and computational neuroscience that work on efficient movement control as well as engineers investigating the technological reproduction of the neural and biomechanical systems. We plan to provide an interdisciplinary investigation on the link between energy efficiency and neural locomotion control. Its evolutionary importance suggests that this link can provide fundamental insights and hypotheses about neural motor circuits. Besides its neuroscientific relevance, engineers working on bio-mimicking technology can benefit from these insights as a quid pro quo for their knowledge.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/109346/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Additional Information:Es handelte sich um einen Workshop, welchen ich organisierte. Teil hiervon war auch ein eigener Vortrag.
Title:More for less - Energy Efficiency in Neural Locomotion Control
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Stratmann, PhilippUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6791-9159UNSPECIFIED
Röhrbein, FlorianUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4709-2673UNSPECIFIED
Date:21 September 2016
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Neural Motor Control, Energy Efficiency, Compliant Movement
Event Title:Bernstein Conference 2016
Event Location:Berlin, Germany
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:20 September 2016
Event End Date:24 September 2016
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space System Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Space System Technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Walking Robotics/Locomotion [SY], R - Vorhaben Weiterentwicklung Robotik - Mechatronik und Dynamik (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics (since 2013)
Deposited By: Stratmann, Philipp
Deposited On:20 Dec 2016 11:02
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 20:14

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