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Emulating the Functionality of Rodents’ Neurobiological Navigation and Spatial Cognition Cells in a Mobile Robot

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dc.contributor.author Zeno, Peter
dc.date.accessioned 2015-04-24T19:13:58Z
dc.date.available 2015-04-24T19:13:58Z
dc.date.issued 2015-03-27
dc.identifier.uri https://scholarworks.bridgeport.edu/xmlui/handle/123456789/1171
dc.description.abstract A unique roving robot navigational system is presented here, which is inspired by the rat’s navigational and spatial awareness brain cells. The rat, as well as all mammalians, are capable of exploring their surroundings when foraging or avoiding predators, and remembering their way home or to the closest known shelter. The robot built in this study, named ratbot, uses characteristics and interpreted functionalities of the specialized navigational and spatial cognition brain cells, which are primarily found in the hippocampus and entorhinal cortex. These cells are the: place cells, head direction cells, boundary cells, and grid cells, as well as memory used for the storage and access of salient distal cues. To navigate from one waypoint to another, the ratbot uses inspiration from place cells and head direction cells, known as path integration. This is accomplished through use of vectors and vector mathematics. Additionally, the ratbot uses a field programmable gate array (FPGA) to emulate grid cell inspired functionality for environment mapping and spatial cognition. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Robot en_US
dc.subject Navigation system en_US
dc.subject Rodent en_US
dc.subject Brain cells en_US
dc.title Emulating the Functionality of Rodents’ Neurobiological Navigation and Spatial Cognition Cells in a Mobile Robot en_US
dc.type Presentation en_US
dc.institute.department School of Engineering en_US
dc.institute.name University of Bridgeport en_US
dc.event.location Bridgeport, CT en_US
dc.event.name Faculty Research Day en_US


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