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Timing and Behavioral Efficiency in Controlling a Soft Body: A Case Study in Octopus Reaching Behavior


Nakajima, Kohei; Li, Tao; Pfeifer, Rolf (2011). Timing and Behavioral Efficiency in Controlling a Soft Body: A Case Study in Octopus Reaching Behavior. In: The 2nd International Conference on Morphological Computation (ICMC2011), Venice, 12 September 2011 - 14 September 2011.

Abstract

Octopuses have soft and flexible bodies and their behavior is extremely sophisticated. Their behavioral control is accomplished using a simplification strategy, which is based on the division of functionality between the central and peripheral nervous systems. The behavioral control is simplified since the central nervous system only sends the initiation commands to the peripheral nervous system. While the timing to send the command is crucial. In this study, we aim to characterize the relationship between them using a simulated octopus arm. As a result, we show that there exists a clear behavior difference according to the time it takes to initiate the behavior, which may suggest that the behavioral outcome is determined in the early phase of motion generation.

Octopuses have soft and flexible bodies and their behavior is extremely sophisticated. Their behavioral control is accomplished using a simplification strategy, which is based on the division of functionality between the central and peripheral nervous systems. The behavioral control is simplified since the central nervous system only sends the initiation commands to the peripheral nervous system. While the timing to send the command is crucial. In this study, we aim to characterize the relationship between them using a simulated octopus arm. As a result, we show that there exists a clear behavior difference according to the time it takes to initiate the behavior, which may suggest that the behavioral outcome is determined in the early phase of motion generation.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Language:English
Event End Date:14 September 2011
Deposited On:13 Feb 2012 11:37
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:24
Related URLs:http://morphcomp.org/
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:3858
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-55626

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