Monday, October 7, 2013

Observable Motor Synergies during Goal Babbling

At the IROS conference in Tokyo this November I will present a contribution in the workshop "Cognitive Neuroscience Robotics". It issues phenomena called "motor synergies", fixed low-dimensional patterns of motor activation that are often considered to facilitate motor learning by reducing the effective dimension of a coordination problem. I discuss the need, or not-need, for such mechanisms and show that, on a behavioural level, a system that actually does goal babbling might look like one that uses motor synergies. A quick preview...