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Incorporating Muscle Activation-Contraction dynamics to an optimal control framework for finger movements

Theodorou, Evangelos A., Valero-Cuevas, Francisco J.

Abstracts of Neural Control of Movement Conference (NCM 2009), 2009, clmc (article)

Abstract
Recent experimental and theoretical work [1] investigated the neural control of contact transition between motion and force during tapping with the index finger as a nonlinear optimization problem. Such transitions from motion to well-directed contact force are a fundamental part of dexterous manipulation. There are 3 alternative hypotheses of how this transition could be accomplished by the nervous system as a function of changes in direction and magnitude of the torque vector controlling the finger. These hypotheses are 1) an initial change in direction with a subsequent change in magnitude of the torque vector; 2) an initial change in magnitude with a subsequent directional change of the torque vector; and 3) a simultaneous and proportionally equal change of both direction and magnitude of the torque vector. Experimental work in [2] shows that the nervous system selects the first strategy, and in [1] we suggest that this may in fact be the optimal strategy. In [4] the framework of Iterative Linear Quadratic Optimal Regulator (ILQR) was extended to incorporate motion and force control. However, our prior simulation work assumed direct and instantaneous control of joint torques, which ignores the known delays and filtering properties of skeletal muscle. In this study, we implement an ILQR controller for a more biologically plausible biomechanical model of the index finger than [4], and add activation-contraction dynamics to the system to simulate muscle function. The planar biomechanical model includes the kinematics of the 3 joints while the applied torques are driven by activation?contraction dynamics with biologically plausible time constants [3]. In agreement with our experimental work [2], the task is to, within 500 ms, move the finger from a given resting configuration to target configuration with a desired terminal velocity. ILQR does not only stabilize the finger dynamics according to the objective function, but it also generates smooth joint space trajectories with minimal tuning and without an a-priori initial control policy (which is difficult to find for highly dimensional biomechanical systems). Furthemore, the use of this optimal control framework and the addition of activation-contraction dynamics considers the full nonlinear dynamics of the index finger and produces a sequence of postures which are compatible with experimental motion data [2]. These simulations combined with prior experimental results suggest that optimal control is a strong candidate for the generation of finger movements prior to abrupt motion-to-force transitions. This work is funded in part by grants NIH R01 0505520 and NSF EFRI-0836042 to Dr. Francisco J. Valero- Cuevas 1 Venkadesan M, Valero-Cuevas FJ. 
Effects of neuromuscular lags on controlling contact transitions. 
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: 2008. 2 Venkadesan M, Valero-Cuevas FJ. 
Neural Control of Motion-to-Force Transitions with the Fingertip. 
J. Neurosci., Feb 2008; 28: 1366 - 1373; 3 Zajac. Muscle and tendon: properties, models, scaling, and application to biomechanics and motor control. Crit Rev Biomed Eng, 17 4. Weiwei Li., Francisco Valero Cuevas: ?Linear Quadratic Optimal Control of Contact Transition with Fingertip ? ACC 2009

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On-line learning and modulation of periodic movements with nonlinear dynamical systems

Gams, A., Ijspeert, A., Schaal, S., Lenarčič, J.

Autonomous Robots, 27(1):3-23, 2009, clmc (article)

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Abstract  The paper presents a two-layered system for (1) learning and encoding a periodic signal without any knowledge on its frequency and waveform, and (2) modulating the learned periodic trajectory in response to external events. The system is used to learn periodic tasks on a humanoid HOAP-2 robot. The first layer of the system is a dynamical system responsible for extracting the fundamental frequency of the input signal, based on adaptive frequency oscillators. The second layer is a dynamical system responsible for learning of the waveform based on a built-in learning algorithm. By combining the two dynamical systems into one system we can rapidly teach new trajectories to robots without any knowledge of the frequency of the demonstration signal. The system extracts and learns only one period of the demonstration signal. Furthermore, the trajectories are robust to perturbations and can be modulated to cope with a dynamic environment. The system is computationally inexpensive, works on-line for any periodic signal, requires no additional signal processing to determine the frequency of the input signal and can be applied in parallel to multiple dimensions. Additionally, it can adapt to changes in frequency and shape, e.g. to non-stationary signals, such as hand-generated signals and human demonstrations.

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Superconducting phase formation in random neck syntheses: a study of the Y-Ba-Cu-O system by magneto-optics and magnetometry

Willems, J. B., Albrecht, J., Landau, I. L., Hulliger, J.

{Superconductor Science and Technology}, 22, 2009 (article)

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Determination of spin moments from magnetic EXAFS

Popescu, V., Gü\ssmann, M., Fähnle, M., Schütz, G.

{Physical Review B}, 79, 2009 (article)

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Linewidth of ferromagnetic resonance for systems with anisotropic damping

Seib, J., Steiauf, D., Fähnle, M.

{Physical Review B}, 79, 2009 (article)

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Structural and magnetic deconvolution of FePt/FeOx-nanoparticles using x-ray magnetic circular dichroism

Nolle, D., Goering, E., Tietze, T., Schütz, G., Figuerola, A., Manna, L.

{New Journal of Physics}, 11, 2009 (article)

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Magnetic imaging with femtosecond temporal resolution

Li, J., Lee, M., He, W., Redeker, B., Remhof, A., Amaladass, E., Hassel, C., Eimüller, T.

{Review of Scientific Instruments}, 80(7), 2009 (article)

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Elliott-Yafet mechanism and the discussion of femtosecond magnetization dynamics

Steiauf, D., Fähnle, M.

{Physical Review B}, 79, 2009 (article)

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Investigation of the stability of Mn12 single molecule magnets

Voss, S., Fonin, M., Burova, L., Burgert, M., Dedkov, Y. S., Preobrajenski, A. B., Goering, E., Groth, U., Kaul, A. R., Ruediger, U.

{Applied Physics A}, 94(3):491-495, 2009 (article)

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Regularized principal manifolds

Smola, A., Mika, S., Schölkopf, B., Williamson, R.

Journal of Machine Learning Research, 1, pages: 179-209, June 2001 (article)

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Many settings of unsupervised learning can be viewed as quantization problems - the minimization of the expected quantization error subject to some restrictions. This allows the use of tools such as regularization from the theory of (supervised) risk minimization for unsupervised learning. This setting turns out to be closely related to principal curves, the generative topographic map, and robust coding. We explore this connection in two ways: (1) we propose an algorithm for finding principal manifolds that can be regularized in a variety of ways; and (2) we derive uniform convergence bounds and hence bounds on the learning rates of the algorithm. In particular, we give bounds on the covering numbers which allows us to obtain nearly optimal learning rates for certain types of regularization operators. Experimental results demonstrate the feasibility of the approach.

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The psychometric function: II. Bootstrap-based confidence intervals and sampling

Wichmann, F., Hill, N.

Perception and Psychophysics, 63 (8), pages: 1314-1329, 2001 (article)

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The psychometric function: I. Fitting, sampling and goodness-of-fit

Wichmann, F., Hill, N.

Perception and Psychophysics, 63 (8), pages: 1293-1313, 2001 (article)

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The psychometric function relates an observer'sperformance to an independent variable, usually some physical quantity of a stimulus in a psychophysical task. This paper, together with its companion paper (Wichmann & Hill, 2001), describes an integrated approach to (1) fitting psychometric functions, (2) assessing the goodness of fit, and (3) providing confidence intervals for the function'sparameters and other estimates derived from them, for the purposes of hypothesis testing. The present paper deals with the first two topics, describing a constrained maximum-likelihood method of parameter estimation and developing several goodness-of-fit tests. Using Monte Carlo simulations, we deal with two specific difficulties that arise when fitting functions to psychophysical data. First, we note that human observers are prone to stimulus-independent errors (or lapses ). We show that failure to account for this can lead to serious biases in estimates of the psychometric function'sparameters and illustrate how the problem may be overcome. Second, we note that psychophysical data sets are usually rather small by the standards required by most of the commonly applied statistical tests. We demonstrate the potential errors of applying traditional X^2 methods to psychophysical data and advocate use of Monte Carlo resampling techniques that do not rely on asymptotic theory. We have made available the software to implement our methods

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Markovian domain fingerprinting: statistical segmentation of protein sequences

Bejerano, G., Seldin, Y., Margalit, H., Tishby, N.

Bioinformatics, 17(10):927-934, 2001 (article)

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Isotropic second-order nonlinear optical susceptibilities

Fischer, P., Buckingham, A., Albrecht, A.

PHYSICAL REVIEW A, 64(5), 2001 (article)

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The second-order nonlinear optical susceptibility, in the electric dipole approximation, is only nonvanishing for materials that are noncentrosymmetric. Should the medium be isotropic, then only a chiral system. such as an optically active liquid, satisfies this symmetry requirement. We derive the quantum-mechanical form of the isotropic component of the sum- and difference-frequency susceptibility and discuss its unusual spectral properties. We show that any coherent second-order nonlinear optical process in a system of randomly oriented molecules requires the medium to be chiral. and the incident frequencies to be different and nonzero. Furthermore, a minimum of two nondegenerate excited molecular states are needed for the isotropic part of the susceptibility to be nonvanishing. The rotationally invariant susceptibility is zero in the static field limit and shows exceptionally sensitive resonance and dephasing effects that are particular to chiral centers.

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Reply to “Comment on ‘Phenomenological damping in optical response tensors’”

Buckingham, A., Fischer, P.

PHYSICAL REVIEW A, 63(4), 2001 (article)

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We show that damping factors must not be incorporated in the perturbation of the ground state by a static electric field. If they are included, as in the theory of Stedman et al. {[}preceding Comment. Phys. Rev. A 63, 047801 (2001)], then there would be an electric dipole in the y direction induced in a hydrogen atom in the M-s = + 1/2 state by a static electric field in the x direction. Such a dipole is excluded by symmetry.

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The coercivity of the melt-spun Sm-Fe-Ga-C permanent magnets and the effect of additives (Nb, Cu and Zr)

Zhang, J. X., Kleinschroth, I., Goll, D., Cuevas, F., Kronmüller, H.

{Journal of Physics-Condensed Matter}, 13(46):10487-10496, 2001 (article)

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Hardness-depth profile of a carbon-implanted Ti-6Al-4V alloy and its relation to composition and microstructure

Kunert, M., Kienzle, O., Baretzky, B., Baker, S. P., Mittemeijer, E. J.

{Journal of Materials Research}, 16(8):2321-2335, 2001 (article)

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New Sm(Co, Fe, Cu, Zr)(z) magnets with better temperature stability

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

{Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials}, 226(Sp. Iss. SI):1365-1366, 2001 (article)

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Hydrogen in nanostructured vanadium-hydrogen systems

Orimo, S., Kimmerle, F., Majer, G.

{Physical Review B}, 63(9), 2001 (article)

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Diffusion of hydrogen in heterogeneous systems

Herrmann, A., Schimmele, L., Mössinger, J., Hirscher, M., Kronmüller, H.

{Applied Physics A-Materials Science \& Processing}, 72(2):197-208, 2001 (article)

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Structural vacancies in B2-CoAl and NiAl

Meyer, B., Bester, G., Fähnle, M.

{Scripta Materialia}, 44, pages: 2485-2488, 2001 (article)

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Grain boundary phase transition in the Cu-Bi system

Straumal, B. B., Prokofyev, S. I., Chang, L., Sluchanko, N. E., Baretzky, B., Gust, W., Mittemeijer, E. J.

{Diffusion and Defect Forum}, 194-199, pages: 1343-1348, 2001 (article)

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Carbon nanostructures: an efficient hydrogen storage medium for fuel cells

Atkinson, K., Roth, S., Hirscher, M., Grünwald, W.

{Fuel Cells Bulletin}, 4(38):9-12, 2001 (article)

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Magnetic domains in nanostructured media studied with M-TXM

Fischer, P., Eimüller, T., Schütz, G., Bayreuther, G., Tsunashima, S., Tagaki, N., Denbeaux, G., Attwood, D.

{Journal of Synchrotron Radiation}, 8, pages: 325-327, 2001 (article)

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Compound formation and abrasion resistance of ion-implanted Ti6Al4V

Schmidt, H., Schminke, A., Schmiedgen, M., Baretzky, B.

{Acta Materialia}, 49, pages: 487-495, 2001 (article)

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Interpretation of ab initio total energy results in a chemical language: I. Formalism and implementation into a mixed-basis pseudopotential code

Bester, G., Fähnle, M.

{Journal of Physics-Condensed Matter}, 13(50):11541-11550, 2001 (article)

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Faceting of \sum3 and \sum9 grain boundaries in copper

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

{Interface Science}, 9(3-4):287-292, 2001 (article)

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Generation and application of ultra-high-intensity magnetic field gradient pulses for NMR spectroscopy

Galvosas, P., Stallmach, F., Seiffert, G., Karger, J., Kaess, U., Majer, G.

{Journal of Magnetic Resonance}, 151(2):260-268, 2001 (article)

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Formation and structure of highly over-stoichiometric LaNi5+x (x\textasciitilde1) alloys obtained by manifold non-equilibrium methods

Cuevas, F., Latroche, M., Hirscher, M., Percheron-Guegan, A.

{Journal of Alloys and Compounds}, 323, pages: 4-7, 2001 (article)

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Hydrogen permeability measurement through Pd, Ni and Fe membranes

Yamakawa, K., Ege, M., Ludescher, B., Hirscher, M., Kronmüller, H.

{Journal of Alloys and Compounds}, 321(1):17-23, 2001 (article)

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Ab-initio statistical mechanics for the phase diagram of NiAl including the effect of vacancies

Lechermann, F., Fähnle, M.

{Physica Status Solidi B-Basic Research}, 224(2):R4-R6, 2001 (article)

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Uniaxial orientational order-disorder transitions in diammine magnesium halides, Mg(ND3)2Cl2 and Mg(ND3)2Br2, investigated by neutron diffraction

Leineweber, A., Jacobs, H., Fischer, P., Böttger, G.

{Journal of Solid State Chemistry}, 156(2):487-499, 2001 (article)

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XMCD study of the Ruddlesden-Popper Phase La1.2Nd0.2Sr1.6Mn2O7

Weigand, F., Goering, E., Geissler, J., Justen, M., Dörr, K., Ruck, K., Schütz, G.

{Journal of Synchrotron Radiation}, 8, pages: 431-433, 2001 (article)

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Nonlinear magnetoelastic effect in ultrathin epitaxial fcc Co (001) films: an ab-initio study

Komelj, M., Fähnle, M.

{Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials}, 224, pages: L1-L4, 2001 (article)

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Element-specific imaging of magnetic domains at 25 nm spatial Resolution using soft X-ray microscopy

Fischer, P., Eimüller, T., Schütz, G., Denbeaux, G., Pearson, A., Johnson, L., Attwood, D., Tsunashima, S., Kumazawa, M., Takagi, N., Köhler, M., Bayreuther, G.

{Review of Scientific Instruments}, 72, pages: 2322-2324, 2001 (article)

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Magnetization reversal of a multilayered FeGd dot array imaged by transmission X-ray microscopy

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

{Journal of Applied Physics}, 89, pages: 7162-7164, 2001 (article)

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Ho-Fe - Garnet soft XMCD measurements below and above the compensation temperature

Goering, E., Gold, S., Schütz, G.

{Journal of Synchrotron Radiation}, 8, pages: 422-424, 2001 (article)

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Grain boundary grooving as an indicator of grain boundary phase transformations

Schölhammer, J., Baretzky, B., Gust, W., Mittemeijer, E., Straumal, B.

{Interface Science}, 9(1-2):43-53, 2001 (article)

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X-MCD study of mixed valence manganites

Sikora, M., Kapusta, C., Zajac, D., Tokarz, W., Attenkofer, K., Fischer, P., Goering, E., Schütz, G.

{Journal of Alloys and Compounds}, 328(1-2):100-104, 2001 (article)

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Synchronized robot drumming by neural oscillator

Kotosaka, S., Schaal, S.

Journal of the Robotics Society of Japan, 19(1):116-123, 2001, clmc (article)

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Sensory-motor integration is one of the key issues in robotics. In this paper, we propose an approach to rhythmic arm movement control that is synchronized with an external signal based on exploiting a simple neural oscillator network. Trajectory generation by the neural oscillator is a biologically inspired method that can allow us to generate a smooth and continuous trajectory. The parameter tuning of the oscillators is used to generate a synchronized movement with wide intervals. We adopted the method for the drumming task as an example task. By using this method, the robot can realize synchronized drumming with wide drumming intervals in real time. The paper also shows the experimental results of drumming by a humanoid robot.

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Origins and violations of the 2/3 power law in rhythmic 3D movements

Schaal, S., Sternad, D.

Experimental Brain Research, 136, pages: 60-72, 2001, clmc (article)

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The 2/3 power law, the nonlinear relationship between tangential velocity and radius of curvature of the endeffector trajectory, has been suggested as a fundamental constraint of the central nervous system in the formation of rhythmic endpoint trajectories. However, studies on the 2/3 power law have largely been confined to planar drawing patterns of relatively small size. With the hypothesis that this strategy overlooks nonlinear effects that are constitutive in movement generation, the present experiments tested the validity of the power law in elliptical patterns which were not confined to a planar surface and which were performed by the unconstrained 7-DOF arm with significant variations in pattern size and workspace orientation. Data were recorded from five human subjects where the seven joint angles and the endpoint trajectories were analyzed. Additionally, an anthropomorphic 7-DOF robot arm served as a "control subject" whose endpoint trajectories were generated on the basis of the human joint angle data, modeled as simple harmonic oscillations. Analyses of the endpoint trajectories demonstrate that the power law is systematically violated with increasing pattern size, in both exponent and the goodness of fit. The origins of these violations can be explained analytically based on smooth rhythmic trajectory formation and the kinematic structure of the human arm. We conclude that in unconstrained rhythmic movements, the power law seems to be a by-product of a movement system that favors smooth trajectories, and that it is unlikely to serve as a primary movement generating principle. Our data rather suggests that subjects employed smooth oscillatory pattern generators in joint space to realize the required movement patterns.

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Graph-matching vs. entropy-based methods for object detection
Neural Networks, 14(3):345-354, 2001, clmc (article)

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Labeled Graph Matching (LGM) has been shown successful in numerous ob-ject vision tasks. This method is the basis for arguably the best face recognition system in the world. We present an algorithm for visual pattern recognition that is an extension of LGM ("LGM+"). We compare the performance of LGM and LGM+ algorithms with a state of the art statistical method based on Mutual Information Maximization (MIM). We present an adaptation of the MIM method for multi-dimensional Gabor wavelet features. The three pattern recognition methods were evaluated on an object detection task, using a set of stimuli on which none of the methods had been tested previously. The results indicate that while the performance of the MIM method operating upon Gabor wavelets is superior to the same method operating on pixels and to LGM, it is surpassed by LGM+. LGM+ offers a significant improvement in performance over LGM without losing LGMâ??s virtues of simplicity, biological plausibility, and a computational cost that is 2-3 orders of magnitude lower than that of the MIM algorithm. 

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Biomimetic gaze stabilization based on feedback-error learning with nonparametric regression networks

Shibata, T., Schaal, S.

Neural Networks, 14(2):201-216, 2001, clmc (article)

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Oculomotor control in a humanoid robot faces similar problems as biological oculomotor systems, i.e. the stabilization of gaze in face of unknown perturbations of the body, selective attention, stereo vision, and dealing with large information processing delays. Given the nonlinearities of the geometry of binocular vision as well as the possible nonlinearities of the oculomotor plant, it is desirable to accomplish accurate control of these behaviors through learning approaches. This paper develops a learning control system for the phylogenetically oldest behaviors of oculomotor control, the stabilization reflexes of gaze. In a step-wise procedure, we demonstrate how control theoretic reasonable choices of control components result in an oculomotor control system that resembles the known functional anatomy of the primate oculomotor system. The core of the learning system is derived from the biologically inspired principle of feedback-error learning combined with a state-of-the-art non-parametric statistical learning network. With this circuitry, we demonstrate that our humanoid robot is able to acquire high performance visual stabilization reflexes after about 40 s of learning despite significant nonlinearities and processing delays in the system.

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Interpretation of ab initio total energy results in a chemical language: II. Stability of TiAl3 and ScAl3

Bester, G., Fähnle, M.

{Journal of Physics-Condensed Matter}, 13(50):11551-11565, 2001 (article)

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Atomic defects in FeCo: Stabilization of the B2 structure by magnetism

Neumayer, M., Fähnle, M.

{Physical Review B}, 64(13), 2001 (article)

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Hydrogen desorption property of mechanically prepared nanostructured graphite

Orimo, S., Matsushima, T., Fujii, H., Fukunaga, T., Majer, G.

{Journal of Applied Physics}, 90(3):1545-1549, 2001 (article)

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Positron annihilation in stable and supercooled metallic melts

Seeger, A., Siegle, A., Stoll, H.

{Zeitschrift f\"ur Metallkunde}, 92(7):632-644, 2001 (article)

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Structural vacancies in B2 CoAl and NiAl

Meyer, B., Bester, G., Fähnle, M.

{Scripta Materialia}, 44(10):2485-2488, 2001 (article)

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Nonlinear magnetoelastic effects in ultrathin epitaxial FCC Co(001) films: an ab initio study

Komelj, M., Fähnle, M.

{Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials}, 224(1):L1-L4, 2001 (article)

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X-ray magnetic circular dichroism - a universal tool for magnetic investigations

Goering, E., Will, J., Geissler, J., Justen, M., Weigand, F., Schütz, G.

{Journal of Alloys and Compounds}, 328, pages: 14-19, 2001 (article)

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