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hzhang24
07-12-2007, 02:17 AM
An interesting article for gait research is on BBC. The new type of
robot called "Runbot" was made possible with the original idea from
Nikolai Bernstein (18961966). Bernstein pointed out that motor
development was dependent not on brain maturation, but adaptations to
constraints of the body (changes in the growing infant's body mass and
proportions) and to exogenous conditions (gravity, surface, specific
tasks to be performed)(History of the Study of Locomotion).

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6291746.stm

As written in this article that animal movement was not under the
total control of the brain but rather, "local circuits" did most of
the command and control work.

But how these local circuits work without too much involvement of
brain?


Hongbo zhang
Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering,Virginia
Tech,USA