Amrita School of Biotechnology‘s Bioinspired robotics study titled “Using Cerebellar Architecture to Control Low-Cost Robotic Arms” was presented as an invited talk by Dr. Shyam Diwakar at the International Symposium on the Neuromechanics of Human Movement, 4th–6th October 2016 organized by University of Heidelberg, Germany.
The symposium was organized by Dr. Manish Sreenivasa of IWH and included other speakers including Francisco Valero-Cuevas – U. Southern California, USA, Andrea d’Avella – U. Messina, Italy, Massimo Sartori – U. Göttingen, Germany, Marjolein van der Krogt – VU U. Medical Center, Netherlands, Roger Enoka – U. Colorado Boulder, USA, Hartmut Geyer – Carnegie Mellon U., USA, Auke Ijspeert – EPFL, Switzerland among others.
Computational neuroscience is the mathematical modeling study of brain cells and circuits. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham’s Computational neuroscience research on neural network driven robots is being extended to use cerebellar architectures to control low-cost robotic articulators or arms. This is a work also done by Asha Vijayan, Chaitanya Kumar Nutakki, PhD students and Dhanush Kumar, Research Associate under the guidance of Dr. Shyam Diwakar at the Amrita School of Biotechnology.
The Compneuro group is also looking at societal implications of developing a low-cost upper arm neuroprosthesis using such brain-inspired algorithms and will also showcase some of their humanitarian application studies at Amrita’s RAHA 2016 – The International Conference on Robotics and Automation for Humanitarian Applications.