Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Artificial systems as models in biological cybernetics

Titus R. Neumann a1, Susanne Huber a2 and Heinrich H. Bülthoff a1
a1 Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, 72076 Tübingen, Germany
a2 Friedrich Miescher Laboratory, 72076 Tübingen, Germany


From the perspective of biological cybernetics, “real world” robots have no fundamental advantage over computer simulations when used as models for biological behavior. They can even weaken biological relevance. From an engineering point of view, however, robots can benefit from solutions found in biological systems. We emphasize the importance of this distinction and give examples for artificial systems based on insect biology.