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Movement planning and imitation by shaping nonlinear attractors

Schaal, S.

In Proceedings of the 12th Yale Workshop on Adaptive and Learning Systems, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 2003, clmc (inproceedings)

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Given the continuous stream of movements that biological systems exhibit in their daily activities, an account for such versatility and creativity has to assume that movement sequences consist of segments, executed either in sequence or with partial or complete overlap. Therefore, a fundamental question that has pervaded research in motor control both in artificial and biological systems revolves around identifying movement primitives (a.k.a. units of actions, basis behaviors, motor schemas, etc.). What are the fundamental building blocks that are strung together, adapted to, and created for ever new behaviors? This paper summarizes results that led to the hypothesis of Dynamic Movement Primitives (DMP). DMPs are units of action that are formalized as stable nonlinear attractor systems. They are useful for autonomous robotics as they are highly flexible in creating complex rhythmic (e.g., locomotion) and discrete (e.g., a tennis swing) behaviors that can quickly be adapted to the inevitable perturbations of a dy-namically changing, stochastic environment. Moreover, DMPs provide a formal framework that also lends itself to investigations in computational neuroscience. A recent finding that allows creating DMPs with the help of well-understood statistical learning methods has elevated DMPs from a more heuristic to a principled modeling approach, and, moreover, created a new foundation for imitation learning. Theoretical insights, evaluations on a humanoid robot, and behavioral and brain imaging data will serve to outline the framework of DMPs for a general approach to motor control and imitation in robotics and biology.

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Computational approaches to motor learning by imitation

Schaal, S., Ijspeert, A., Billard, A.

Philosophical Transaction of the Royal Society of London: Series B, Biological Sciences, 358(1431):537-547, 2003, clmc (article)

Abstract
Movement imitation requires a complex set of mechanisms that map an observed movement of a teacher onto one's own movement apparatus. Relevant problems include movement recognition, pose estimation, pose tracking, body correspondence, coordinate transformation from external to egocentric space, matching of observed against previously learned movement, resolution of redundant degrees-of-freedom that are unconstrained by the observation, suitable movement representations for imitation, modularization of motor control, etc. All of these topics by themselves are active research problems in computational and neurobiological sciences, such that their combination into a complete imitation system remains a daunting undertaking - indeed, one could argue that we need to understand the complete perception-action loop. As a strategy to untangle the complexity of imitation, this paper will examine imitation purely from a computational point of view, i.e. we will review statistical and mathematical approaches that have been suggested for tackling parts of the imitation problem, and discuss their merits, disadvantages and underlying principles. Given the focus on action recognition of other contributions in this special issue, this paper will primarily emphasize the motor side of imitation, assuming that a perceptual system has already identified important features of a demonstrated movement and created their corresponding spatial information. Based on the formalization of motor control in terms of control policies and their associated performance criteria, useful taxonomies of imitation learning can be generated that clarify different approaches and future research directions.

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Efficient charge recovery method for driving piezoelectric actuators with quasi-square waves

Campolo, D., Sitti, M., Fearing, R. S.

IEEE transactions on ultrasonics, ferroelectrics, and frequency control, 50(3):237-244, IEEE, 2003 (article)

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Synthetic gecko foot-hair micro/nano-structures for future wall-climbing robots

Sitti, M., Fearing, R. S.

In Robotics and Automation, 2003. Proceedings. ICRA’03. IEEE International Conference on, 1, pages: 1164-1170, 2003 (inproceedings)

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Magnetization reversal study of CoCrPt alloy thin films on a nanogranular-length scale using magnetic transmission soft x-ray microscopy

Im, M. Y., Fischer, P., Eimüller, T., Denbeaux, G., Shin, S. C.

{Applied Physics Letters}, 83(22):4589-4591, 2003 (article)

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Temperature-dependent pinning of vortices in low-angle grain boundaries in YBa2Cu3O7-δ

Albrecht, J.

{Physical Review B}, 68, 2003 (article)

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Magnetic soft X-ray transmission microscopy

Fischer, P.

{Current Opinion in Solid State \& Materials Science}, 7(2):173-179, 2003 (article)

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The magnetic transmission X-ray microscopy project at BESSY II

Eimüller, T., Niemann, B., Guttmann, P., Fischer, P., Englisch, U., Vatter, R., Wolter, C., Seiffert, S., Schmahl, G., Schütz, G.

{Journal de Physique IV}, 104, pages: 91-94, 2003 (article)

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Ab-initio statistical mechanics for ordered compounds: single-defect theory vs. cluster-expansion techniques

Drautz, R., Schultz, I., Lechermann, F., Fähnle, M.

{Physica Status Solidi B}, 240(1):37-44, 2003 (article)

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Magnetic imaging with soft x-ray microscopies

Fischer, P., Denbeaux, G., Stoll, H., Puzic, A., Raabe, J., Nolting, F., Eimüller, T., Schütz, G.

{Journal de Physique IV}, 104, pages: 471-476, 2003 (article)

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Hydrogen storage in carbon nanotubes

Hirscher, M., Becher, M.

{Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology}, 3(1/2):3-17, 2003 (article)

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Grain boundary faceting phase transition and thermal grooving in Cu

Straumal, B. B., Polyakov, S. A., Bischoff, E., Mittemeijer, E. J., Gust, W.

In Proceedings of the International Conference on Diffusion, Segregation and Stresses in Materials, 216/217, pages: 93-100, Diffusion and Defect Data, Pt. A, Defect and Diffusion Forum, Scitec Publ., Moscow, 2003 (inproceedings)

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AMOC in positron and positronium chemistry

Stoll, H., Castellaz, P., Siegle, A.

In Principles and Applications of Positron and Positronium Chemistry, pages: 344-366, World Scientific Publishers, Singapore, 2003 (incollection)

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Strong influence on the electronic structure of Pt adatoms and clusters on graphite

Fauth, K., He\ssler, M., Batchelor, D., Schütz, G.

{Surface Science}, 529(3):397-402, 2003 (article)

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NMR studies of hydrogen diffusion in the dihydrides of hafnium

Gottwald, J., Majer, G., Peterson, D. T., Barnes, R. G.

{Journal of Alloys and Compounds}, 356-357, pages: 274-278, 2003 (article)

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The +/-45 degrees correlation interferometer as a means to measure phase noise of parametric origin

Rubiola, E., Giordano, V., Stoll, H.

{IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement}, 52, pages: 182-188, 2003 (article)

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Piezoelectrically actuated four-bar mechanism with two flexible links for micromechanical flying insect thorax

Sitti, M.

IEEE/ASME transactions on mechatronics, 8(1):26-36, IEEE, 2003 (article)

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Biomimetic propulsion for a swimming surgical micro-robot

Edd, J., Payen, S., Rubinsky, B., Stoller, M. L., Sitti, M.

In Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2003.(IROS 2003). Proceedings. 2003 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on, 3, pages: 2583-2588, 2003 (inproceedings)

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Slow removal of vacancies in B2-Ni52Al48 upon long-term low-temperature annealing

Zhang, X. Y., Sprengel, W., Reichle, K. J., Blaurock, K., Henes, R., Schaefer, H. E.

{Physical Review B}, 68(22), 2003 (article)

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Magnetic domain structure in SmCo 2 : 17 permanent magnets

Zhang, Y., Tang, W., Hadjipanayis, G. C., Chen, C. H., Goll, D., Kronmüller, H.

{IEEE Transactions on Magnetics}, 39(5):2905-2907, 2003 (article)

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Energy loss and charge state dependency of swift Nq+ ions scattered off a Pt(110)(1 x 2) surface

Robin, A., Hatke, N., Jensen, J., Plachke, D., Carstanjen, H. D., Heiland, W.

{Nuclear Instruments \& Methods in Physics Research B-Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms}, 209, pages: 259-264, 2003 (article)

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Preparation and properties of [NdFeBx/Nbz]n multi-layer films

Tsai, J. L., Chin, T. S., Yao, Y. D., Melsheimer, A., Fischer, S. F., Dragon, T., Kelsch, M., Kronmüller, H.

{Physica B-Condensed Matter}, 327(2-4):283-286, 2003 (article)

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Multilayered magnetic nanostrips studied by transmission X-ray microscopy

Eimüller, T., Fischer, P., Guttmann, P., Denbeaux, G., Scholz, M., Köhler, M., Schmahl, G., Bayreuther, G., Schütz, G.

{Journal de Physique IV}, 104, pages: 483-486, 2003 (article)

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Imaging magnetic domain structures with soft X-ray microscopy

Fischer, P., Eimüller, T., Schütz, G., Denbeaux, G.

{Structural Chemistry}, 14(1):39-47, 2003 (article)

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Hydrogen solubility and diffusivity in amorphous La14Ni86 films

Cuevas, F., Hirscher, M.

{Acta Materialia}, 51, pages: 701-712, 2003 (article)

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Coercivity mechanism in nanocrystalline and bonded magnets

Goll, D., Kronmüller, H.

In Bonded Magnets. Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Science and Technology of Bonded Magnets, 118, pages: 115-127, NATO Science Series: Series 2, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, Kluwer Acad. Publ., Newark, USA, 2003 (inproceedings)

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Hydrogen interaction with carbon nanostructures - current situation and future prospects

Orimo, S., Züttel, A., Schlapbach, L., Majer, G., Fukunaga, T., Fujii, H.

{Journal of Alloys and Compounds}, 356-357, pages: 716-719, 2003 (article)

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Desorption of hydrogen from blowing agents used for foaming metals

von Zeppelin, F., Hirscher, M., Stanzick, H., Banhart, J.

{Composites Science and Technology}, 63, pages: 2293-2300, 2003 (article)

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Investigation of Electromigration in Copper Interconnects by Noise Measurements

Emelianov, V., Ganesan, G., Puzic, A., Schulz, S., Eizenberg, M., Habermeier, H., Stoll, H.

In Noise as a Tool for Studying Materials, pages: 271-281, Proceedings of SPIE, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2003 (inproceedings)

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Entropic wetting of a colloidal rod-sphere mixture

Roth, R., Brader, J. M., Schmidt, M.

{Europhysics Letters}, 63(4):549-555, 2003 (article)

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