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The Brain is Embodied and the Body is Embedded in the Environment

In the Cognitive Anteater Robotics Laboratory (CARL) at the University of California, Irvine, we are designing robotic systems whose behaviors are guided by large-scale simulations of the mammalian brain. Because these simulated nervous systems are embodied on a robot, they provide a powerful tool for studying brain function. Moreover, because these cognitive robots are embedded in the real-world, the system's behavior and function can be tested similarly to that of an animal under experimental conditions. We have studied perception, operant conditioning, episodic and spatial memory, and motor control through the simulation of brain regions such as the visual cortex, the hippocampus, the cerebellum, and the neuromodulatory systems. The behavior and neuronal dynamics of these systems were directly compared with empirical data from experimental psychology and neuroscience experiments

CARL-SJR

New social sciences robot designed to help children with autism hone their social interaction skills. more

CARLsim 2.2 released

New CARLsim release available along with publications in Fron­tiers in Neuromorphic Engineering and Neuro­in­for­matics

UCI Homecoming 2014

CARL at the Social Sciences booth more

Android Based Robotics

Powerful, flexible and inexpensive robots for hobbyists, educators, students, and researchers more

CarlRoomba

A neurorobotic platform to test the influence of neuromodulatory signaling on anxious and curious behavior more

CARL & DRG Joint Lunch

Cognitive Anteater Robotics Lab dining with Dutt Research Group (Oct. 31, 2013) more

 
 
 

 

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