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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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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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XANES und MEXAFS an magnetischen Übergangsmetalloxiden: Entwicklung eines digitalen Lock-In XMCD Experimentes mit Phasenschieber

Weigand, F.

Bayerische Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Würzburg, 2003 (phdthesis)

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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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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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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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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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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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A Kendama learning robot based on bi-directional theory

Miyamoto, H., Schaal, S., Gandolfo, F., Koike, Y., Osu, R., Nakano, E., Wada, Y., Kawato, M.

Neural Networks, 9(8):1281-1302, 1996, clmc (article)

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A general theory of movement-pattern perception based on bi-directional theory for sensory-motor integration can be used for motion capture and learning by watching in robotics. We demonstrate our methods using the game of Kendama, executed by the SARCOS Dextrous Slave Arm, which has a very similar kinematic structure to the human arm. Three ingredients have to be integrated for the successful execution of this task. The ingredients are (1) to extract via-points from a human movement trajectory using a forward-inverse relaxation model, (2) to treat via-points as a control variable while reconstructing the desired trajectory from all the via-points, and (3) to modify the via-points for successful execution. In order to test the validity of the via-point representation, we utilized a numerical model of the SARCOS arm, and examined the behavior of the system under several conditions.

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From isolation to cooperation: An alternative of a system of experts

Schaal, S., Atkeson, C. G.

In Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 8, pages: 605-611, (Editors: Touretzky, D. S.;Mozer, M. C.;Hasselmo, M. E.), MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 1996, clmc (inbook)

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We introduce a constructive, incremental learning system for regression problems that models data by means of locally linear experts. In contrast to other approaches, the experts are trained independently and do not compete for data during learning. Only when a prediction for a query is required do the experts cooperate by blending their individual predictions. Each expert is trained by minimizing a penalized local cross validation error using second order methods. In this way, an expert is able to adjust the size and shape of the receptive field in which its predictions are valid, and also to adjust its bias on the importance of individual input dimensions. The size and shape adjustment corresponds to finding a local distance metric, while the bias adjustment accomplishes local dimensionality reduction. We derive asymptotic results for our method. In a variety of simulations we demonstrate the properties of the algorithm with respect to interference, learning speed, prediction accuracy, feature detection, and task oriented incremental learning. 

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One-handed juggling: A dynamical approach to a rhythmic movement task

Schaal, S., Sternad, D., Atkeson, C. G.

Journal of Motor Behavior, 28(2):165-183, 1996, clmc (article)

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The skill of rhythmic juggling a ball on a racket is investigated from the viewpoint of nonlinear dynamics. The difference equations that model the dynamical system are analyzed by means of local and non-local stability analyses. These analyses yield that the task dynamics offer an economical juggling pattern which is stable even for open-loop actuator motion. For this pattern, two types of pre dictions are extracted: (i) Stable periodic bouncing is sufficiently characterized by a negative acceleration of the racket at the moment of impact with the ball; (ii) A nonlinear scaling relation maps different juggling trajectories onto one topologically equivalent dynamical system. The relevance of these results for the human control of action was evaluated in an experiment where subjects performed a comparable task of juggling a ball on a paddle. Task manipulations involved different juggling heights and gravity conditions of the ball. The predictions were confirmed: (i) For stable rhythmic performance the paddle's acceleration at impact is negative and fluctuations of the impact acceleration follow predictions from global stability analysis; (ii) For each subject, the realizations of juggling for the different experimental conditions are related by the scaling relation. These results allow the conclusion that for the given task, humans reliably exploit the stable solutions inherent to the dynamics of the task and do not overrule these dynamics by other control mechanisms. The dynamical scaling serves as an efficient principle to generate different movement realizations from only a few parameter changes and is discussed as a dynamical formalization of the principle of motor equivalence.

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