How are human actions planned, executed and controlled

In the movement analysis laboratories of the research group Neurocognition and Movement, the question of how human actions are planned, executed and controlled is investigated. This includes basic research on cognition, memory and perception in the context of simple grasping actions as well as research on motor and perceptual-cognitive adaptations during the acquisition of complex sport motor skills. To this end, they combine biomechanical measurement methods with research approaches from cognitive psychology, biological cybernetics and neuroinformatics. By embedding them in the interdisciplinary Cluster of Excellence CITEC, they support the development of technical systems that are intuitive and easy to use for humans.

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FAMULA – the self-learning robot hand

Researchers at Bielefeld University have developed a gripping system with robotic hands that independently familiarises itself with unknown objects. The new system works without knowing the characteristics of objects like fruit or tools beforehand. The gripping-learning system was developed in the large-scale project «Famula» of the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) at Bielefeld University. The knowledge gained from the project could, for example, help future service robots to familiarise themselves with new households.

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