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Optimal control of reaching includes kinematic constraints

Mistry, M., Theodorou, E., Schaal, S., Kawato, M.

Journal of Neurophysiology, 2013, clmc (article)

Abstract
We investigate adaptation under a reaching task with an acceleration-based force field perturbation designed to alter the nominal straight hand trajectory in a potentially benign manner:pushing the hand of course in one direction before subsequently restoring towards the target. In this particular task, an explicit strategy to reduce motor effort requires a distinct deviation from the nominal rectilinear hand trajectory. Rather, our results display a clear directional preference during learning, as subjects adapted perturbed curved trajectories towards their initial baselines. We model this behavior using the framework of stochastic optimal control theory and an objective function that trades-of the discordant requirements of 1) target accuracy, 2) motor effort, and 3) desired trajectory. Our work addresses the underlying objective of a reaching movement, and we suggest that robustness, particularly against internal model uncertainly, is as essential to the reaching task as terminal accuracy and energy effciency.

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im3shape: a maximum likelihood galaxy shear measurement code for cosmic gravitational lensing

Zuntz, J., Kacprzak, T., Voigt, L., Hirsch, M., Rowe, B., Bridle, S.

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 434(2):1604-1618, Oxford University Press, 2013 (article)

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Perceiving Systems – Computers that see

Gehler, P. V.

2013 (mpi_year_book)

Abstract
Our research goal is to define in a mathematical precise way how visual perception works. We want to describe how intelligent systems understand images. To this end we study probabilistic models and statistical learning. Encoding prior knowledge about the world is complemented with automatic learning from training data. One aspect is being able to identify physical factors in images, such as lighting, geometry, and materials. Furthermore we want to automatically recognize and give names to objects and persons in images and understand the scene as a whole.

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Magnetoelastic coupling in epitaxial cobalt ferrite/barium titanate heterostructures

Gräfe, J., Welke, M., Bern, F., Ziese, M., Denecke, R.

Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 339, pages: 84-88, 2013 (article)

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Self-Propelled Micromotors for Cleaning Polluted Watter

Soler, L., Magdanz, V., Fomin, V. M., Sanchez, S., Schmidt, O. G.

{ACS Nano}, 11, pages: 9611-9620, American Chemical Society, Washington, DC, 2013 (article)

Abstract
{We describe the use of catalytically self-propelled microjets (dubbed micromotors) for degrading organic pollutants in water via the Fenton oxidation process. The tubular micromotors are composed of rolled-up functional nanomembranes consisting of Fe/Pt bilayers. The micromotors contain double functionality within their architecture, i.e., the inner Pt for the self-propulsion and the outer Fe for the in situ generation of ferrous ions boosting the remediation of contaminated water.The degradation of organic pollutants takes place in the presence of hydrogen peroxide, which acts as a reagent for the Fenton reaction and as main fuel to propel the micromotors. Factors influencing the efficiency of the Fenton oxidation process, including thickness of the Fe layer, pH, and concentration of hydrogen peroxide, are investigated. The ability of these catalytically self-propelled micromotors to improve intermixing in liquids results in the removal of organic pollutants ca. 12 times faster than when the Fenton oxidation process is carried out without catalytically active micromotors. The enhanced reaction\textendashdiffusion provided by micromotors has been theoretically modeled. The synergy between the internal and external functionalities of the micromotors, without the need of further functionalization, results into an enhanced degradation of nonbiodegradable and dangerous organic pollutants at small-scale environments and holds considerable promise for the remediation of contaminated water.}

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Stability of thin liquid films and sessile droplets under confinement

Dörfler, F., Rauscher, M., Dietrich, S.

{Physical Review E}, 88(1), American Physical Society, Melville, NY, 2013 (article)

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Nonequilibrium interfaces in colloidal fluids

Bier, M., Arnold, D.

{Physical Review E}, 88(6), American Physical Society, Melville, NY, 2013 (article)

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Colloidal particles at fluid interfaces: Effective interactions, dynamics and a gravitation\textendashlike instability

Bleibel, J., Dom\’\inguez, A., Oettel, M.

{The European Physical Journal Special Topics}, 222(11):3071-3087, 2013 (article)

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Chiral Colloidal Molecules And Observation of The Propeller Effect
Chiral Colloidal Molecules And Observation of The Propeller Effect

Schamel, D., Pfeifer, M., Gibbs, J. G., Miksch, B., Mark, A. G., Fischer, P.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 135(33):12353-12359, 2013 (article)

Abstract
Chiral molecules play an important role in biological and chemical processes, but physical effects due to their symmetry-breaking are generally weak. Several physical chiral separation schemes which could potentially be useful, including the propeller effect, have therefore not yet been demonstrated at the molecular scale. However, it has been proposed that complex nonspherical colloidal particles could act as ``colloidal molecules{''} in mesoscopic model systems to permit the visualization of molecular phenomena that are otherwise difficult to observe. Unfortunately, it is difficult to synthesize such colloids because surface minimization generally favors the growth of symmetric particles. Here we demonstrate the production of large numbers of complex colloids with glancing angle physical vapor deposition. We use chiral colloids to demonstrate the Baranova and Zel'dovich (Baranova, N. B.; Zel'dovich, B. Y. Chem. Phys. Lett. 1978, 57, 435) propeller effect: the separation of a racemic mixture by application of a rotating field that couples to the dipole moment of the enantiomers and screw propels them in opposite directions. The handedness of the colloidal suspensions is monitored with circular differential light scattering. An exact solution for the colloid's propulsion is derived, and comparisons between the colloidal system and the corresponding effect at the molecular scale are made.

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Video - Nanospropellers DOI [BibTex]


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Maximizing Kepler science return per telemetered pixel: Detailed models of the focal plane in the two-wheel era

Hogg, D. W., Angus, R., Barclay, T., Dawson, R., Fergus, R., Foreman-Mackey, D., Harmeling, S., Hirsch, M., Lang, D., Montet, B. T., Schiminovich, D., Schölkopf, B.

arXiv:1309.0653, 2013 (techreport)

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Accurate detection of differential RNA processing

Drewe, P., Stegle, O., Hartmann, L., Kahles, A., Bohnert, R., Wachter, A., Borgwardt, K. M., Rätsch, G.

Nucleic Acids Research, 41(10):5189-5198, 2013 (article)

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Being small, being smart

Liu, Na

2013 (mpi_year_book)

Abstract
Metallic nanostructures feature plasmonic resonances which spatially confine light on the nanometer scale. In the ultimate limit of a single nanostructure, the electromagnetic field can be strongly concentrated in a volume of only a few hundred nm3 or less. We utilize such plasmonic focusing for hydrogen detection at the single particle level, which avoids any inhomogeneous broadening and statistical effects that would occur in sensors based on nanoparticle ensembles. This concept paves the road towards the observation of single catalytic processes in nanoreactors.

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Nonequilibrium Critical Casimir Effect in Binary Fluids

Furukawa, A., Gambassi, A., Dietrich, S., Tanaka, H.

{Physical Review Letters}, 111(5), American Physical Society, Woodbury, N.Y., 2013 (article)

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Many-body effects for critical Casimir forces

Gomes de Mattos, T., Harnau, L., Dietrich, S.

{The Journal of Chemical Physics}, 138(7), 2013 (article)

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Propulsion Mechanism of Catalytic Microjet Engines

Magdanz, V., Fomin, V. M., Soler, L., Sanchez, S., Schmidt, O. G., Hippler, M.

{IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation}, pages: 40-48, IEEE, New York, NY, 2013 (article)

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Impedance spectroscopy of ions at liquid-liquid interfaces

Bier, M., Reindl, A.

{Physical Review E}, 88(5), American Physical Society, Melville, NY, 2013 (article)

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Precursors of order in aggregates of patchy particles

Vasilyev, O., Klumov, B. A., Tkachenko, A. V.

{Physical Review E}, 88(1), American Physical Society, Melville, NY, 2013 (article)

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Maximizing Kepler science return per telemetered pixel: Searching the habitable zones of the brightest stars

Montet, B. T., Angus, R., Barclay, T., Dawson, R., Fergus, R., Foreman-Mackey, D., Harmeling, S., Hirsch, M., Hogg, D. W., Lang, D., Schiminovich, D., Schölkopf, B.

arXiv:1309.0654, 2013 (techreport)

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link (url) [BibTex]


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Detecting regulatory gene–environment interactions with unmeasured environmental factors

Fusi, N., Lippert, C., Borgwardt, K. M., Lawrence, N. D., Stegle, O.

Bioinformatics, 29(11):1382-1389, 2013 (article)

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Indirect absorption spectroscopy using quantum cascade lasers: mid-infrared refractometry and photothermal spectroscopy
Indirect absorption spectroscopy using quantum cascade lasers: mid-infrared refractometry and photothermal spectroscopy

Pfeifer, M., Ruf, A., Fischer, P.

OPTICS EXPRESS, 21(22):25643-25654, 2013 (article)

Abstract
We record vibrational spectra with two indirect schemes that depend on the real part of the index of refraction: mid-infrared refractometry and photothermal spectroscopy. In the former, a quantum cascade laser (QCL) spot is imaged to determine the angles of total internal reflection, which yields the absorption line via a beam profile analysis. In the photothermal measurements, a tunable QCL excites vibrational resonances of a molecular monolayer, which heats the surrounding medium and changes its refractive index. This is observed with a probe laser in the visible. Sub-monolayer sensitivities are demonstrated. (C) 2013 Optical Society of America

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Critical Casimir forces between homogeneous and chemically striped surfaces

Parisen Toldin, F., Tröndle, M., Dietrich, S.

{Physical Review E}, 88, American Physical Society, Melville, NY, 2013 (article)

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Comparison between theory and simulations for the magnetization and the susceptibility of polydisperse ferrofluids

Szalai, I., Nagy, S., Dietrich, S.

{Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter}, 25(46), IOP Pub., Bristol, UK, 2013 (article)

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Thermal activation of catalytic microjets in blood samples using microfluidic chips.

Soler, L., Mart\’\inez-Cisneros, C., Swiersy, A., Sanchez, S., Schmidt, O. G.

{Lab on a Chip}, 13, pages: 4299-4303, 2013 (article)

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Dynamical Movement Primitives: Learning Attractor Models for Motor Behaviors

Ijspeert, A., Nakanishi, J., Pastor, P., Hoffmann, H., Schaal, S.

Neural Computation, (25):328-373, 2013, clmc (article)

Abstract
Nonlinear dynamical systems have been used in many disciplines to model complex behaviors, including biological motor control, robotics, perception, economics, traffic prediction, and neuroscience. While often the unexpected emergent behavior of nonlinear systems is the focus of investigations, it is of equal importance to create goal-directed behavior (e.g., stable locomotion from a system of coupled oscillators under perceptual guidance). Modeling goal-directed behavior with nonlinear systems is, however, rather difficult due to the parameter sensitivity of these systems, their complex phase transitions in response to subtle parameter changes, and the difficulty of analyzing and predicting their long-term behavior; intuition and time-consuming parameter tuning play a major role. This letter presents and reviews dynamical movement primitives, a line of research for modeling attractor behaviors of autonomous nonlinear dynamical systems with the help of statistical learning techniques. The essence of our approach is to start with a simple dynamical system, such as a set of linear differential equations, and transform those into a weakly nonlinear system with prescribed attractor dynamics by meansof a learnable autonomous forcing term. Both point attractors and limit cycle attractors of almost arbitrary complexity can be generated. We explain the design principle of our approach and evaluate its properties in several example applications in motor control and robotics.

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Fragmentation of Slow Wave Sleep after Onset of Complete Locked-In State

Soekadar, S. R., Born, J., Birbaumer, N., Bensch, M., Halder, S., Murguialday, A. R., Gharabaghi, A., Nijboer, F., Schölkopf, B., Martens, S.

Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 9(9):951-953, 2013 (article)

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Plasmonic nanohelix metamaterials with tailorable giant circular dichroism
Plasmonic nanohelix metamaterials with tailorable giant circular dichroism

Gibbs, J. G., Mark, A. G., Eslami, S., Fischer, P.

APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, 103(21), 2013, Featured cover article. (article)

Abstract
Plasmonic nanohelix arrays are shown to interact with electromagnetic fields in ways not typically seen with ordinary matter. Chiral metamaterials (CMMs) with feature sizes small with respect to the wavelength of visible light are a promising route to experimentally achieve such phenomena as negative refraction without the need for simultaneously negative e and mu. Here we not only show that giant circular dichroism in the visible is achievable with hexagonally arranged plasmonic nanohelix arrays, but that we can precisely tune the optical activity via morphology and lattice spacing. The discrete dipole approximation is implemented to support experimental data. (C) 2013 AIP Publishing LLC.

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Quantum cryo-sieving for hydrogen isotope separation in microporous frameworks: an experimental study on the correlation between effective quantum sieving and pore size

Oh, H., Park, K. S., Kalidindi, S. B., Fischer, R. A., Hirscher, M.

{Journal of Materials Chemistry A}, 1, pages: 3244-3248, Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK, 2013 (article)

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Crystallization, structural diversity, and anisotropy effects in 2D arrays of icosahedral viruses

Fukuto, M., Nguyen, Q. L., Vasilyev, O., Mank, N., Washington-Huges, C. L., Kuzmenko, I., Checco, A., Mao, Y., Wang, Q., Yang, L.

{Soft Matter}, 9(40):9633-9642, Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK, 2013 (article)

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Surface states and the Casimir interaction in the Ising model

Abraham, D. B., Maciolek, A.

{Europhysics letters}, 101(2), Editrice Compositori., Bologna, 2013 (article)

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Critical Casimir forces along the isofields

Zubaszewska, M., Maciolek, A., Drzewinski, A.

{Physical Review E}, 88(5), American Physical Society, Melville, NY, 2013 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Two-dimensional magnetic micro-module reconfigurations based on inter-modular interactions

Miyashita, S., Diller, E., Sitti, M.

The International Journal of Robotics Research, 32(5):591-613, SAGE Publications Sage UK: London, England, 2013 (article)

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Contact compliance effects in the frictional response of bioinspired fibrillar adhesives

Piccardo, M., Chateauminois, A., Fretigny, C., Pugno, N. M., Sitti, M.

Journal of The Royal Society Interface, 10(83):20130182, The Royal Society, 2013 (article)

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Project Page [BibTex]


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Co-chairs

VINCENT, Julian, ZHU, Di, DAI, Zhendong, CHEN, Da, JIANG, Lei, KANG, Le, REN, Luquan, XUE, Qunji, Zhao, Chunsheng, BARNES, Jon, others

2013 (article)

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Gold nanocrystals in high-temperature superconducting films: creation of pinning patterns of choice

Katzer, C., Stahl, C., Michalowski, P., Treiber, S., Schmidl, F., Seidel, P., Albrecht, J., Schütz, G.

{New Journal of Physics}, 15(11), Institute of Physics Pub., Bristol, UK, 2013 (article)

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Theory of scattering of crystal electrons at magnons

Haag, Michael, Illg, C., Fähnle, M.

{Physical Review B}, Published by the American Physical Society through the American Institute of Physics, Woodbury, NYAmerican Institute of Physics, Woodbury, NY, 2013 (article)

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The effect of magnetocrystalline anisotropy on the domain structure of patterned Fe2CrSi Heusler alloy thin films

Miyawaki, T., Foerster, M., Finizio, S., Vaz, C. A. F., Mawass, M.-A., Inagaki, K., Fukatani, N., Le Guyader, L., Nolting, F., Ueda, K., Asano, H., Kläui, M.

{Journal of Applied Physcis}, 114(7), American Institute of Physics, New York, NY, 2013 (article)

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Ion beam lithography for Fresnel zone plates in X-ray microscopy

Keskinbora, K., Grévent, C., Bechtel, M., Weigand, M., Goering, E., Nadzeyka, A., Lloyd, P., Rehbein, S., Schneider, G., Follath, R., Vila-Comamala, J., Yan, H., Schütz, G.

{Optics Express}, 21(10):11747-11756, Optical Society of America, Washington, DC, 2013 (article)

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Is the angular momentum of a ferromagnetic sample after exposure to a fs laser pulse conserved?

Fähnle, M., Haag, M., Illg, C.

{Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials}, 347, pages: 45-46, North-Holland, Amsterdam, 2013 (article)

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Grain boundaries as the controlling factor for the ferromagnetic behaviour of Co-doped ZnO

Straumal, B. B., Mazilkin, A. A., Protasova, S. G., Straumal, P. B., Myatiev, A. A., Schütz, G., Goering, E. J., Tietze, T., Baretzky, B.

{Philosophical Magazine}, 93(10-12):1371-1383, 2013 (article)

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Magnetic properties of electrochemically prepared crystalline films of Prussian blue-based molecular magnets Kj CrIIk [CrIII(CN)6] l \mbox⋅ mH2O

Bhatt, P., Yusuf, S. M., Bhatt, R., Schütz, G.

{Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry}, 17, pages: 1285-1293, Springer-Verlag Germany, 2013 (article)

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H2/D2 adsorption and desorption studies on carbon molecular sieves with different pore structures

Krkljus, I., Steriotis, T., Charalambopoulou, G., Gotzias, A., Hirscher, M.

{Carbon}, 57, pages: 239-247, Elsevier Science, Amsterdam [u.a.], 2013 (article)

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X-ray magnetic circular dichroism strongly influenced by non-magnetic cover layers

Zafar, K., Audehm, P., Schütz, G., Goering, E., Pathak, M., Chetry, K. B., LeClair, P. R., Gupta, A.

{Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena}, 191, pages: 1-6, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2013 (article)

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Structural learning

Braun, D

Scholarpedia, 8(10):12312, October 2013 (article)

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Structural learning in motor control refers to a metalearning process whereby an agent extracts (abstract) invariants from its sensorimotor stream when experiencing a range of environments that share similar structure. Such invariants can then be exploited for faster generalization and learning-to-learn when experiencing novel, but related task environments.

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Topological Control of Cell Sheet Migration by the 3D Microenvironment

Song, J., Kim, Y. T., Hazar, M., LeDuc, P. R., Davidson, L. A., Sitti, M.

Biophysical Journal, 104(2):147a, Elsevier, 2013 (article)

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Independent control of multiple magnetic microrobots in three dimensions

Diller, E., Giltinan, J., Sitti, M.

The International Journal of Robotics Research, 32(5):614-631, SAGE Publications Sage UK: London, England, 2013 (article)

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Modular micro-robotic assembly through magnetic actuation and thermal bonding

Diller, E., Zhang, N., Sitti, M.

Journal of Micro-Bio Robotics, 8(3-4):121-131, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2013 (article)

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Information Driven Self-Organization of Complex Robotic Behaviors

Martius, G., Der, R., Ay, N.

PLoS ONE, 8(5):e63400, Public Library of Science, 2013 (article)

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The effect of model uncertainty on cooperation in sensorimotor interactions

Grau-Moya, J, Hez, E, Pezzulo, G, Braun, DA

Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 10(87):1-11, October 2013 (article)

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Decision-makers have been shown to rely on probabilistic models for perception and action. However, these models can be incorrect or partially wrong in which case the decision-maker has to cope with model uncertainty. Model uncertainty has recently also been shown to be an important determinant of sensorimotor behaviour in humans that can lead to risk-sensitive deviations from Bayes optimal behaviour towards worst-case or best-case outcomes. Here, we investigate the effect of model uncertainty on cooperation in sensorimotor interactions similar to the stag-hunt game, where players develop models about the other player and decide between a pay-off-dominant cooperative solution and a risk-dominant, non-cooperative solution. In simulations, we show that players who allow for optimistic deviations from their opponent model are much more likely to converge to cooperative outcomes. We also implemented this agent model in a virtual reality environment, and let human subjects play against a virtual player. In this game, subjects' pay-offs were experienced as forces opposing their movements. During the experiment, we manipulated the risk sensitivity of the computer player and observed human responses. We found not only that humans adaptively changed their level of cooperation depending on the risk sensitivity of the computer player but also that their initial play exhibited characteristic risk-sensitive biases. Our results suggest that model uncertainty is an important determinant of cooperation in two-player sensorimotor interactions.

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