Internal models inspired from the functioning of cerebellum are being increasingly used to predict and control movements of anthropomorphic manipulators. A major function of cerebellum is to fine tune the body movements with precision and are comparative to capabilities of artificial neural network. Several studies have focused on encoding the real-world information to neuronal responses but temporal information was not given due importance. Spiking neural network accounts to conversion of temporal information into the adaptive learning process. In this study, cerebellum like network was reconstructed which encodes spatial information to kinematic parameters, self-optimized by learning patterns as seen in rat cerebellum. Learning rules were incorporated into our model. Performance of the model was compared to an optimal control model and have evaluated the role of bioinspired models in representing inverse kinematics through applications to a low cost robotic arm developed at the lab. Artificial neural network of Kawato was used to compare with our existing model because of their similarity to biological circuit as seen in a real brain. Kawato's paired forward inverse model has used to train for fast movement based tasks which resembles human based motor tasks. Result suggest kinematics of a 6 DOF robotic arm was internally represented and this may have potential application in neuroprosthesis.
Asha Vijayan, Vivek Gopan, Dr. Bipin G. Nair, and Dr. Shyam Diwakar, “Comparing robotic control using a spiking model of cerebellar network and a gain adapting forward-inverse model”, in 2017 International Conference on Advances in Computing, Communications and Informatics (ICACCI), Udupi, India, 2017.