Rhythm in robotic and collective systems
How can we model rhythm in machines, and how does it relate to rhythm in other disciplines? This will be one of the research questions at the new RITMO Centre of Excellence.
In the Principles of rhythmic motion subproject we will take inspiration from rhythm in biological systems and develop models of rhythmic motion which can be applied to robotic and computing systems.
Possible topics for MSc projects within RITMO in the Principles of rhythmic motion subproject could be:
- Explore central pattern generators (CPGs) as possible control mechanisms for robots. CPGs are biological neural networks that produce rhythmic patterned output, and these have been used as inspiration for robotic control systems. We would like to explore features of such systems and/or other biologically inspired neural networks for robot control, and how these can be designed and trained for robotic systems. Work should primarily involve simulations, but could also be applied to real world robot prototypes.
- Explore rhythmic aspects in collective systems. These can be systems consisting of heterogenous agents, which have limited and different knowledge. In particular, we have earlier investigated a collective of musical agents, demonstrated in the SoloJam application. We would like to investigate this further with new types of agents and control mechanisms.
The RITMO - Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies of Rhythm, Time and Motion will start in 2018. Researchers in the network come from the ROBIN group (Informatics), FRONT Neurolab (Psychology), and the Department of Musicology, and will have access to state-of-the-art laboratories.