The foundation is currently supporting a computer modelling centre within the Oxford University Department of Experimental Psychology
Members of the university research centre are currently establishing a new Cognitive Robotics Laboratory. The aim is to test the computer models of brain function on both simulated and real robots exploring a physical sensory training environment. The researchers are interested in how different kinds of visual and spatial representation develop within the robot’s neural network brain, how the robot might learn to represent the spatial structure of its environment for planning movements and navigation, and more generally how the robot may learn about causal relations in the world and use this world knowledge to generate intelligent, flexible behaviour. The team are investigating reaching and grasping by fixed base robots, as well as spatial processing and navigation in mobile robots. It is hoped that understanding how the brain solves these kinds of problem in vision, spatial processing, motor function and behaviour will inform the design of future robot control systems.