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Living machines: A handbook of research in biomimetics and biohybrid systems
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Tony J. Prescott (Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Sheffield Robotics, The University of Sheffield, UK) Nathan Lepora (Senior Lecturer in Engineering Mathematics, Senior Lecturer in Engineering Mathematics, Department of Engineering Mathematics and Bristol Robotics Laboratory, University of Bristol, UK)
Living machines: A handbook of research in biomimetics and biohybrid systems by Tony J. Prescott (Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Sheffield Robotics, The University of Sheffield, UK) at Abbey's Bookshop,

Living machines: A handbook of research in biomimetics and biohybrid systems

Tony J. Prescott (Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Sheffield Robotics, The University of Sheffield, UK) Nathan Lepora (Senior Lecturer in Engineering Mathematics, Senior Lecturer in Engineering Mathematics, Department of Engineering Mathematics and Bristol Robotics Laboratory, University of Bristol, UK) Paul F.M.J Verschure (Research Professor and Director, Research Professor and Director, Catalan Institute for Bioengineering, Spain)


9780199674923

Oxford University Press


Physiological & neuro-psychology, biopsychology;
Neurosciences;
Animal physiology;
Machine learning;
Computer vision


Hardback

656 pages

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Contemporary research in science and engineering is seeking to harness the versatility and sustainability of living organisms.

Living Machines: A handbook of research in biomimetic and biohybrid systems surveys this flourishing area of research, capturing the current state of play and pointing to the opportunities ahead. Promising areas in biomimetics include self-organization, biologically inspired active materials, self-assembly and self-repair, learning, memory, control architectures and self-regulation, locomotion in air, on land or in water, perception, cognition, control, and communication. Drawing on these advances the potential of biomimetics is revealed in devices that can harvest energy, grow or reproduce, and in animal-like robots that range from synthetic slime molds, to artificial fish, to humanoids.

Edited by:   Tony J. Prescott (Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience Sheffield Robotics The University of Sheffield UK), Nathan Lepora (Senior Lecturer in Engineering Mathematics, Senior Lecturer in Engineering Mathematics, Department of Engineering Mathematics and Bristol Robotics Laboratory, University of Bristol, UK), Paul F.M.J Verschure (Research Professor and Director, Research Professor and Director, Catalan Institute for Bioengineering, Spain)
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 253mm,  Width: 178mm,  Spine: 35mm
Weight:   1.348kg
ISBN:   9780199674923
ISBN 10:   0199674922
Pages:   656
Publication Date:   May 2018
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  College/higher education ,  Undergraduate ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Section I: Roadmaps 1: Tony J. Prescott and Paul F. M. J. Verschure: Living Machines: an Introduction 2: Paul F. M. J. Verschure and Tony J. Prescott: A Living Machines Approach to the Sciences of Mind and Brain 3: Nathan F. Lepora, Paul Verschure, and Tony J. Prescott: A Roadmap for Living Machines Section II: Life 4: Tony J. Prescott: Life 5: Stuart P. Wilson: Self-Organization 6: I. A. Ieropoulos, P. Ledezma, G. Scandroglio, C. Melhuish, and J. Greenman: Energy and Metabolism 7: Matthew S. Moses and Gregory S. Chirikjian: Reproduction 8: Tony J. Prescott and Leah Krubitzer: Evo-devo 9: Barbara Mazzolai: Growth and tropism 10: Julian Vincent: Biomimetic Materials 11: Josh Bongard: Modeling Self and Others 12: Terrence W. Deacon: Towards a general theory of evolution Section III: Building Blocks 13: Nathan F. Lepora: Building blocks 14: Piotr Dudek: Vision 15: Leslie S. Smith: Audition 16: Nathan F. Lepora: Touch 17: Tim C. Pearce: Chemosensation 18: Minoru Asada: Proprioception and Body Schema 19: Frederic Boyer and Vincent Lebastard: Electric Sensing for Underwater Navigation 20: Iain A. Anderson and Benjamin M. O'Brien: Muscles 21: Allen Selverston: Rhythms and Oscillations 22: Changhyun Pang, Chanseok Lee, Hoon-Eui Jeong, and Kahp-Yang Suh: Skin and Dry Adhesion Section IV: Capabilities 23: Paul F.M.J. Verschure: Capabilities 24: Holk Cruse and Malte Schilling: Pattern Generation 25: Joel Z. Leibo and Tomaso Poggio: Perception 26: Ivan Herreros: Learning and Control 27: Ben Mitchinson: Attention and Orienting 28: Nathan F. Lepora: Decision Making 29: Ugur Murat Erdem, Nicholas Roy, John Joseph Leonard, and Michael E. Hasselmo: Spatial and Episodic Memory 30: Mark R. Cutkosky: Reach, Grasp, and Manipulate 31: Hartmut Witte, Martin S. Fischer, Holger Preuschoft, Danja Voges, Cornelius Schilling, and Auke Jan Ijspeert: Quadruped Locomotion 32: Anders Hedenstroem: Flight 33: Robert H. Wortham and Joanna J. Bryson: Communication 34: Vicky Vouloutsi and Paul F. M. J Verschure: Emotions and Self-Regulation 35: Paul F.M.J. Verschure: The Architecture of Mind and Brain 36: Paul F.M.J. Verschure: A Chronology of Distributed Adaptive Control 37: Anil K. Seth: Consciousness Section V: Living machines 38: Tony J. Prescott: Biomimetic Systems 39: Christof Mast, Friederike Moeller, Moritz Kreysing, Severin Schink, Benedikt Obermayer, Ulrich Gerland, and Dieter Braun: Towards Living Nanomachines 40: Akio Ishiguro and Takuya Umedachi: From Slime Moulds to Deformable Bodies 41: Barry Trimmer: Soft-bodied Terrestrial Invertebrates and Robots 42: Roger D. Quinn and Roy E. Ritzmann: Applying Principles and Mechanisms Learned from Insects to Robotics 43: Stefano Nolfi: Co-operation in Collective Systems 44: Maarja Kruusmaa: From Aquatic Animals to Robot Swimmers 45: Tony J. Prescott: Mammals and Mammal-like Robots 46: Wolfgang Send: Winged artifacts 47: Giorgio Metta and Roberto Cingolani: Humans and Humanoids Section VI: Biohybrid Systems 48: Nathan F. Lepora: Biohybrid Systems 49: Girijesh Prasad: Brain-machine interfaces 50: Stefano Vassanelli: Implantable Neural Interfaces 51: Joseph Ayers: Biohybrid Robots are Synthetic Biology Systems 52: Toshio Fukuda, Masahiro Nakajima, Masaru Takeuchi, and Yasuhisa Hasegawa: Micro and Nanotechnology for Living Machines 53: Sliman J. Bensmaia: Biohybrid Touch Interfaces 54: Torsten Lehmann and Andre van Schaik: Implantable Hearing Interfaces 55: Dong Song and Theodore W. Berger: Hippocampal Memory Prostheses Section VII: Perspectives 56: Michael Szollosy: Perspectives 57: James Hughes: Human Augmentation and the Age of the Transhuman 58: Charles Lenay and Matthieu Tixier: From Sensory Substitution to Perceptual Supplementation 59: Belen Rubio Ballester: Neurorehabilitation 60: Abigail Millings and Emily C. Collins: Human Relationships with Living Machines 61: Michael Szollosy: Living Machines in our Cultural Imagination 62: Hannah Maslen and Julian Savulescu: The Ethics of Virtual Reality and Telepresence 63: David J. Gunkel: Can Machines have Rights? 64: Anna Mura and Tony J. Prescott: A Sketch of the Education Landscape in Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems 65: Jose Halloy: Sustainability of Living Machines

Tony Prescott is Professor of Cognitive Robotics at the University of Sheffield, UK, and Director of Sheffield Robotics, a cross-disciplinary research institute with over one hundred and fifty researchers (www.sheffieldrobotics.ac.uk). His background mixes psychology, neuroethology, and brain theory with robotics and artificial intelligence, and his research aims at answering questions about human nature by creating synthetic entities with capacities such as perception, memory, emotion, and sense of self. He is the co-creator of the mammal-like robots Scratchbot and Shrewbot, and is the co-founder of the UK company Consequential Robotics (www.consequentialrobotics.com ) that is developing assistive and companion robots including the animal-like robot 'pet' MiRo. He co-founded the International Living Machines conference series and also writes and speaks on societal and ethical issues in technology and the brain sciences. Nathan Lepora is a Senior Lecturer in Engineering Mathematicss at the University of Bristol, UK, and leads the Tactile Robotics Theme at Bristol Robotics Laboratory. His research interests span robotics, neuroscience, and biomimetics, focusing on the design of novel 3D-printed dexterous tactile robotic hands and sensors that can intelligently perceive, explore, and manipulate their environment. His team's research is supported by EPSRC and a Leverhulme Leadership Award, has won several international awards in robotics, and is on display in the Science Museum, London. He has authored over 60 academic publications, edited several proceedings, including three Living Machines conference volumes, and also written eight books for children on science and technology. Paul Verschure is a research professor with the Catalan Institute of Advanced Studies and Director of the Neuroengineering program at the Catalan Institute for Bioengineering. Paul trained in Psychology and his scientific aim is to find a unified theory of mind and brain using synthetic methods and to apply it to quality of life enhancing technologies. He has advanced a theory of mind and brain, Distributed Adaptive Control, which has led to a novel neurorehabilitation approach called the Rehabilitation Gaming System (eodyne.com). He also explores new methods for the exploration of complex data (brainx3.com) that is being tested on data from the human brain. Complementary to his science, Paul has developed and deployed over 25 art installations (http://specs.upf.edu/installations) from interactive spaces to BCI orchestras, robot Theremin soloists and virtual/augmented reality installations and tools for the holocaust memorial sites (futurememoryfoundation.org).


The book's strength is its weaving together robotics and biology, with numbers used to compare the accuracy and capability of these systems... [I would] recommend this ambitious and useful work to anyone who is looking to be inspired by the future of biological robotics. * David L. Hu, Mechanical Engineering & Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia * Living machines is a fascinating overview of the current state of play across many and varied fields engaging in research about biometric and biohybrid systems and robotics ... It is beautifully produced. * BMA reviewing panel, BMA Medical Book Awards 2019 *


  • Winner of Winner of the BMA Basic and Clinical Sciences Book Award 2019.
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