Les Mardis de Sévigné

Tuesday evening conferences "Les Mardis de Sévigné"

On Tuesday, December 8, Collège Sévigné welcomed

Mr Benoît Girard

Research Director at the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research)

for a conference on "Biomimetic Robotics"

Synopsis of the conference:

Artificial intelligence in robotics experienced profound changes in the early 1990s. The concept, based on the traditional view of artificial intelligence, that a decision must be a centralized process founded on perfect modelling of the world and deductive reasoning was called into question by the advocates of a more simple and efficient robotics based on the cooperation of multiple behaviors.

From this small revolution came several, slightly exotic, branches of robotics, among which neurorobotics. Neurorobotics takes its inspiration from the neurosciences to give robots greater capacity for adaptation or uses robots like laboratory animals to test the validity of neurobiological theories on how the brain works.

In this general context, Mr Benoît Guillot presented the Psikharpax project, developed at the University Pierre & Marie Curie by Jean-Arcady Meyer and Agnès Guillot during the years 2000, a project in which Mr Guillot had the opportunity to make a contribution. The aim of the project was to design a robot-rat that would serve as a platform for developing and testing models of how rats combine sensory information (sight, touch, hearing, movement) to perceive the world, navigate in their environment, make decisions and learn by trial and error. The project also aimed to develop new sensors (in this case, rat whiskers).

Collège Sévigné had the great honor of hosting

Mrs Sonia Brunel,

speaker at the Musée du Louvre and Musée d'Orsay,

who gave the academic year's first conference on the "Baroque"

on Tuesday, November 3, 2015