From Animals to Robots: How Transatlantic Neuroscience Advances Engineering
As part of the NRW-USA Year 2023-2024, the University of Cologne New York Office together with the German Consulate New York, the German Research Foundation (DFG) North America, American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and the German Center for Research and Innovation New York (DWIH) is hosting a panel discussion at the German House Auditorium in NYC on November 7, 2023.
How are animals so remarkably effective in getting around in the world? A striking feature of animal behavior is its flexibility, adaptability, and resilience. Whether one is swatting away fruit flies, admiring a squirrel scrambling up the trunk of a tree, or trying to chase cockroaches out of an apartment, the agility and speed with which animals can respond to avoid danger and achieve their goals is impressive. Understanding how the body and brain work together to create such adaptive behavior could create new technical solutions including novel, autonomous robots. Such innovations can contribute to increasing our society’s resilience when dealing with global challenges.
Participants of this public panel discussion will hear from experts in the areas of neuroscience, robotics, and control who work together within the Communication, Coordination and Control in Neuromechanical Systems (C3NS) network. C3NS is an innovative transatlantic research program, co-funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) together with the German Research Foundation (DFG), as well as Canadian and UK partner organizations. It is part of NSF’s Novel Networks for Neuroscience (NeuroNex) project.
This panel discussion will be recorded and can be watched later in the playlist “University of Cologne New York Office // Events” on the YouTube channel of the University of Cologne.