Research

Dr. Weitzenfeld’s main research areas:Biologically-inspired Robotics. We seek to have an in-depth understanding of animal behavior mapped to brain neurophysiology. We have studied different animals, including toads, frogs, preying mantis, and rats. Our latest work relates to spatial cognition in rats.

  • Neural Simulation and Robot Control. We have developed the Abstract Schema Language (ASL) and the Neural Simulation Language (NSL) to support a multi-level modular approach to brain modeling. Work related to this research has been published in a book entitled “The Neural Simulation Language NSL: A System for Brain Modeling” authored by Weitzenfeld, Arbib, and Alexander, published by MIT Press in 2002. (NSL Web Site: www.neuralsimulationlanguage.org)
  • Cognitive Robotics. We seek to develop cognitive models of learning in individual and multiple robots including human-robot interaction. We have developed shared-intention models involving a human coach teaching robots how to play soccer through spoken language.
  • Humanoid Robots. We seek to develop advanced humanoid robots that are able to imitate humans in various tasks while analyzing aspects from sensory to actuation control in various humanoid platforms. This work includes analysis of static and dynamic control, and energy efficiency.
  • Multi-Robot Systems. We seek to explore architectures for biological and non-biological multiple robot systems, such as wolf pack hunting. We seek to develop robots capable of autonomous navigation in terrestrial, aerial and water domains.
  • Soccer Playing Robots. We are currently developing various platforms for autonomous soccer playing robots. (USF RoboBulls Web Site: www.usfrobobulls.org)

For research opportunities see the BioRobotics Lab Web Page or contact Prof. Alfredo Weitzenfeld, email: aweitzenfeld@usf.edu