NEUTRON is funded by the Young 1000 Talents Program of China. NEUTRON focuses on developing neurorobotic technology for advanced robot motor control of multi-limbed robotic systems. In principle, the motor control will act as a “general and flexible” controller or “smart motor control software” that can automatically adapt to different robot bodies and generate adaptive behaviors ranging from locomotion to higher-level cognition.
The aim of the project is to achieve GEneric NEural control for Self-organized emergent behavIor of limbed Systems (GENESIS). The generic neural control (GENESIS) will be evaluated on different limbed robotic systems (like, insect-like, lizard-like, and dynamic mammal-like robots). The ultimate goal is to allow the limbed robotic systems, driven by GENESIS, to perform complex locomotor behaviors, e.g., energy-efficient, adaptive, robust locomotion in difficult environments with action planning and decision-making capabilities.
The project is performed at Institute of Bio-inspired Structure and Surface Engineering (IBSS), Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA), Nanjing, China and in collaboration with the Embodied AI and Neurorobotics Lab at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark and the Computational Neuroscience Group at the University of Goettingen, Goettingen, Germany.