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Tesis de Carlos Hernandez Print E-mail
Written by Ricardo Sanz   
Thursday, 03 October 2013
La tesis de Carlos Hernandez será defendida el 17 de octubre a las 12:30 en el aula Artigas.

Model-based Self-awareness Patterns for Autonomy

This thesis is an solid advance in the formulation and technical reification of the ASys Principles of model-based self-cognition. See ASys Project.

It has produced theoretical models and technical assets for having systems self-handle at run- time for robust autonomy. For that purpose, it has focused on the biologically inspired capability of self-awareness, and explored the possibilities to embed it into the very architecture of software-intensive control systems. The proposed approach goes beyond the customary applications in mobile robotics into the deep waters of autonomous systems domain engineering.


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Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 October 2013 )
The HPB Flagship Project has been Approved Print E-mail
Written by Ricardo Sanz   
Sunday, 03 February 2013
The Human Brain Project (HPB) has been approved. The proposal won the top European Science Funding as a FET Flagship Project. The project, in which UPM ASLab takes part, tries to reconstruct the brain, piece by piece, in supercomputer-based models and simulations and use them to create health and ICT technology.

The "Human Brain Project" (HBP) will build a large, multiobjective experimental facility to develop a detailed, running model of the human brain.

This model will be used to study how the human brain works and to develop technologies of applicability to humans -e.g. personalized treatment of neurological diseases- and artifacts -e.g. control systems for robots. This research lays the scientific and technical basis for neuro-inspired ICT technology that has the potential to improve enormously the quality of life of many people. Image

Visit the Human Brain Project website.
Get the Human Brain Project report for Europe.

UPM ASLab work is focused in the construction and operation of the Neurorobotics Facility. This is an experimental platform for the evaluation of robot control architectures that have been reverse-engineerned from the brain. The purpose of this work is the creation of bodies where to exploit the computer-based, simulated brains. The robot bodies will be both virtual and physical, offering tools (the HBP Virtual Robot Designer) to researchers to customize the bodies according to their needs to perform neuroscience or cognitive science experiments. Our specific work is mostly related to the real-time computing infrastructures that are needed to couple the brains with the bodies (the HBP Closed Loop Engine) and the support of HBP researchers in the use of the neurorobotics platform for their experiments.

Last Updated ( Monday, 04 February 2013 )
Arturo's MThesis: Higgs reconfigures! Print E-mail
Written by Carlos Hernandez   
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Last September 16 Arturo Bajuelos succesfully defended his MS Thesis at UPM: Improving Robustness in Robotic Navigation by Using a Self-Reconfigurable Control System.

Arturo's work is the first result of the ASys technology for online reconfiguration in the robotic control testbed.

More details in the following links:


Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 September 2011 )
Machine Consciousness 2011: Self, Integration and Explanation Print E-mail
Written by Ricardo Sanz   
Thursday, 17 March 2011
The workshop Machine Consciousness 2011: Self, Integration and Explanation is a symposium to be held in conjunction with the Conference on Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour 2011 (AISB 2011). This event will take place on April 4-7, 2011 at the University of York, UK.

From the conference website:

"Machine Consciousness (MC) concerns itself with the creation of artefacts which have, or model, mental characteristics typically associated with consciousness such as (self-) awareness, emotion, affect, phenomenal states, imagination, etc."

"Machine Consciousness 2011 will host contributions that are based on actual or potentially implemented models, either in the sense that they detail actual or potential artefacts or that they seriously engage with previous published work or models, either by critiquing or extending that work. We favour new work - even if preliminary - over work which has received multiple publication elsewhere."

For more information on MC2011, please consult the MC2011 Website.

ASLab people (RS,CH,GS) will participate with a half-engineering half-philosophy contribution titled: Consciousness, Meaning and the Future Phenomenology.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 May 2011 )
Un doctor de "categorida" Print E-mail
Written by Carlos Hernandez   
Friday, 10 December 2010
Today, one of the longer-awaited thesis, not just at ASLab or the DISAM, but even Europe and almost world-wide, was finally defended by Jaime Gómez. The research seemed promising and intriguing in previous teasing with a series of short talks and seminars, and now, through a brilliant and passionate exposition by Jaime, it emerged as an outstanding foundation for an innovative research program in what is probably the scientific quest of the new millennium: the mind. Congratulations to the new doctor!

The new doctor before being so.

Here goes a summary of his work in the words of the author himself: The thesis establishes correspondences between mathematical structures and brain structures. The virtue of such a correspondence is that it makes available the powerful tools of the latter for the deduction of hypotheses for structure and function in neuropsychology. Such an approach is relatively free from the vagaries of purely verbal reasoning and can offer novel insights into the intrinsic nature of cognitive phenomena. The thesis sets the agenda of category theory as the appropriate methodology that provides the necessary theoretical framework in order to understand the structure of complex systems, like the brain, in mathematical terms. Although category theory at first sight may seem too pure and universal, in contrast with the spurious biological realm, where the particular prevails over the universal; it may lead to a new and deeper insight into the structure and the representational power of the brain. In addition, it provides a theory of hippocampus structure and function based on category theory. In particular, it demonstrates that the co-operation of the grid fields may give rise to a ``colimit" which is a place field.

Last Updated ( Friday, 10 December 2010 )
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