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FET has organized "Science beyond Fiction – The European Future Technologies conference (FET09)", which brought together all FET stakeholders in Prague on 21-23 April 2009.
More information is available through http://ec.europa.eu/fet09.
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Closing your eyes and exploring your surroundings with your fingertips provides an experience that is rich and immediate. While vision supplies information about distant objects, touch is invaluable in sensing the nearby environment. However, in designing intelligent, life-like machines, such as robots, the touch modality has been largely overlooked; current systems make only limited use of tactile sensors for simple tasks such as detecting physical contact. Biology, by contrast, reveals an abundant use of tactile sensing in the animal kingdom. Indeed, in nocturnal creatures, or those that inhabit poorly-lit places, touch is widely preferred to vision as a primary means of discovering the world. The tactile senses of many mammals are built around arrays of facial hairs known as "whiskers" or "vibrissae". In this project we will develop new technologies inspired by the whisker morphology and neural processing systems of two such tactile specialists: the Norwegian rat and the Etruscan shrew.
The BIOTACT Project Partners
- The University of Sheffield (Project Co-ordinator), UK
- Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Germany
- International School for Advanced Studies, Italy
- The Weizmann Institute, Israel
- Bristol Robotics Laboratory, UK
- Ecole Polytechnic Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland
- Ben-Gurion University, Israel
- Brain Visions Systems, France
- Northwestern University, USA