Towards a multi-level neural architecture that unifies self-intended and imitated arm reaching performance

Rodolphe J. Gentili, Hyuk Oh, Di Wei Huang, Garrett E. Katz, Ross H. Miller, James A. Reggia

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Abstract

Dexterous arm reaching movements are a critical feature that allow human interactions with tools, the environment, and socially with others. Thus the development of a neural architecture providing unified mechanisms for actual, mental, observed and imitated actions could enhance robot performance, enhance human-robot social interactions, and inform specific human brain processes. Here we present a model, including a fronto-parietal network that implements sensorimotor transformations (inverse kinematics, workspace visuo-spatial rotations), for self-intended and imitation performance. Our findings revealed that this neural model can perform accurate and robust 3D actual/mental arm reaching while reproducing human-like kinematics. Also, using visuo-spatial remapping, the neural model can imitate arm reaching independently of a demonstrator-imitator viewpoint. This work is a first step towards providing the basis of a future neural architecture for combining cognitive and sensorimotor processing levels that will allow for multi-level mental simulation when executing actual, mental, observed, and imitated actions for dexterous arm movements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2014
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages2537-2540
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781424479290
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2014 - Chicago, United States
Duration: Aug 26 2014Aug 30 2014

Publication series

Name2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2014

Other

Other2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2014
CountryUnited States
CityChicago
Period8/26/148/30/14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Medicine(all)

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    Gentili, R. J., Oh, H., Huang, D. W., Katz, G. E., Miller, R. H., & Reggia, J. A. (2014). Towards a multi-level neural architecture that unifies self-intended and imitated arm reaching performance. In 2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2014 (pp. 2537-2540). [6944139] (2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2014). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/EMBC.2014.6944139