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SPECS participates in the Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge to attract young talents

26 May 2016 - 10:44

The International Youth Science Challenge Barcelona ( BIYSC ), is a multidisciplinary initiative developed to attract young scientific talent.

The event, organized by Foundation Catalonia - La Pedrera, with the support of Foundation Víctor Grifols, will take place in Barcelona from 11 to 22 July 2016 and will involve 100 young students, aged between 16 and 19 years. During this event, students coming from all over Europes will face challenges on science and technology proposed by scientists working on several disciplines of research such as biomedicine , genetics , biotechnology , biochemistry , chemistry, evolutionary biology , photonics , robotics , nanotechnology and bioethics.

"Neuro-Robotics as a tool to Understand The Brain" is the proposal presented at 2016 BIYSC by the SPECS group with Marti Sanchez a scientist with expertise in AI, Robtics and Neuroscience. directed by Paul Verschure, ICREA research professor in the Department of Technology Information and Communications (DTIC) at UPF.

Controlling a robot thanks to adaptive distributed architecture (DAC)

Originally, the brains of living beings evolved to move, usually in response to a stimulus which can be easily implemented using sensors on a robot. Now, you can build more complex behaviors that have to do with learning and memory in BIYSC Participants can add layers, more complex behavior, due to the structure Distributed Adaptive Control (DAC), a control architecture developed by biological basis SPECS. DAC as the fact that the behavior is organized in layers, from simple actions that respond to stimuli or merely reactive actions to more complex adaptable (learning simpler) and contextual (which include memory and the learning).