VirtualEnaction - A Platform for Systemic Neuroscience Simulation

Nicolas Denoyelle, Florian Pouget, Thierry Vieville, Frédéric Alexandre

Abstract

Considering the experimental study of systemic models of the brain as a whole (in contrast to models of one brain area or aspect), there is a real need for tools designed to realistically simulate these models and to experiment them. We explain here why a robotic setup is not necessarily the best choice, and what are the general requirements for such a bench-marking platform. A step further, we describe an effective solution, freely available on line and already in use to validate functional models of the brain. This solution is a digital platform where the brainy-bot implementing the model to study is embedded in a simplified but realistic controlled environment. From visual, tactile and olfactory input, to body, arm and eye motor command, in addition to vital somesthetic cues, complex survival behaviors can be experimented. The platform is also complemented with algorithmic high-level cognitive modules, making the job of building biologically plausible bots easier.

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Denoyelle N., Pouget F., Vieville T. and Alexandre F. (2014). VirtualEnaction - A Platform for Systemic Neuroscience Simulation . In Proceedings of the 2nd International Congress on Neurotechnology, Electronics and Informatics - Volume 1: NeBICA, (NEUROTECHNIX 2014) ISBN 978-989-758-056-7, pages 155-163. DOI: 10.5220/0005166701550163


in Bibtex Style

@conference{nebica14,
author={Nicolas Denoyelle and Florian Pouget and Thierry Vieville and Frédéric Alexandre},
title={VirtualEnaction - A Platform for Systemic Neuroscience Simulation},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 2nd International Congress on Neurotechnology, Electronics and Informatics - Volume 1: NeBICA, (NEUROTECHNIX 2014)},
year={2014},
pages={155-163},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0005166701550163},
isbn={978-989-758-056-7},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 2nd International Congress on Neurotechnology, Electronics and Informatics - Volume 1: NeBICA, (NEUROTECHNIX 2014)
TI - VirtualEnaction - A Platform for Systemic Neuroscience Simulation
SN - 978-989-758-056-7
AU - Denoyelle N.
AU - Pouget F.
AU - Vieville T.
AU - Alexandre F.
PY - 2014
SP - 155
EP - 163
DO - 10.5220/0005166701550163