European group to build robot with artificial brain, skin

Robot The race to create more human-like robots stepped up a gear this week as scientists in Spain set about building an artificial cerebellum.

The end-game of the two-year project is to implant the man-made cerebellum in a robot to make movements and interaction with humans more natural.

The cerebellum is the part of the brain that controls motor functions.

Researchers hope that the work might also yield clues to treat cognitive diseases such as Parkinson’s.

The research, being undertaken at the Department of Architecture and Computing Technology at the University of Granada, is part of a wider European project dubbed Sensopac.

The next stage of the Sensopac project is to develop an artificial skin for robots, making them look more human-like as well as being information-sensitive in the same way as human skin is.

Source:  BBC News

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