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Piero Morasso
04-22-1997, 03:41 AM
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edited by Pietro Morasso and Vittorio SanguinetI

North Holland Elsevier - Advances in Psychology vol. 119
ISBN 0 444 823239, 1997, 635 pages

In the study of the computational structure of biological/robotic sensorimotor
systems, distributed models have gained center stage in recent years, with
a range of issues including self-organization, non-linear dynamics, field
computing, etc. This multidisciplinary research area is addressed by a
multidisciplinary team of contributors, who provide a balanced set of
articulated presentations which include reviews, computational models,
simulation studies, psychophysical and neurophysiological experiments.
For convenience, the book is divided into three parts, without a clearcut
boundary but a slightly different focus. The reader can find different
approaches on controversial issues, such as the role and nature of force
fields, the need of internal representations, the nature of invariant
commands, the vexing question about coordinate transformations, the
distinction between hierarchical and bidirectional modelling, and the
influence of muscle stiffness.
In Part I, the major theme concerns computational maps which typically
model cortical areas, according to a view of the sensorimotor cortex as a
"geometric engine" and the site of "internal models" of external spaces.
Part II also addresses problems of self-organization and field-computing
but in a simpler computational architecture which, although lacking a
specialized cortical machinery, can still behave in a very adaptive and
surprising way by exploiting the interaction with the real world.
Finally, Part III is focused on the motor control issues related to
the physical properties of muscular actuators and the dynamic interactions
with the world, attempting to complete the picture from planning to control.


Cortical Maps of Sensorimotor Spaces
V. Sanguineti, P. Morasso, and F. Frisone
Field Computation in Motor Control
B. MacLennan
A Probability Interpretation of Neural Population Coding for Movement
T.D. Sanger
Computational Models of Sensorimotor integration
Z. Ghahramani, D.M. Wolpert, and M.I. Jordan
How Relevant are Subcortical Maps for the Cortical Machinery?
An Hypothesis Based on Parametric Study of Extra-Relay Afferents to
Primary Sensory Areas
D. Minciacchi and A. Granato


Artificial Force-Field Based Methods in Robotics
T. Tsuji, P. Morasso, V. Sanguineti, and M. Kaneko
Learning Newtonian Mechanics
F.A. Mussa Ivaldi and E. Bizzi
Motor Intelligence in a Simple Distributed Control System:
Walking Machines and Stick Insects
H. Cruse and J. Dean
The Dynamic Neural Field Theory of Motor Programming: Arm and Eye Movements
G. Schvner, K. Kopecz, and W. Erlhagen
Network Models in Motor Control and Music
A. Camurri


Human Arm Impedance in Multi-Joint Movement
T. Tsuji
Neural Models for Flexible Control of Redundant Systems
F.H. Guenther and D. Micci Barreca
Models of Motor Adaptation and Impedance Control in Human Arm
T. Flash and I. Gurevich
Control of Human Arm and Jaw Motion: Issues Related to Musculo-Skeletal Geometry
P.L. Gribble, R. Laboissihre, and D.J. Ostry
Computational Maps and Target Fields for Reaching Movements
V. Sanguineti and P. Morasso
>From Cortical Maps to the Control of Muscles
P. Morasso and V. Sanguineti
Learning to Speak: Speech Production and Sensori-motor
G. Bailly, R. Laboissihre, and A. Galvan
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Pietro G. Morasso
- University of Genova, DIST
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- Center of Bioengineering - Hospital Colletta di Arenzano
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