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 titus.neumann@tuebingen.mpg.de heinrich.buelthoff@tuebingen.mpg.de http://www.kyb.tuebingen.mpg.de/~titus http://www.kyb.tuebingen.mpg.de/~hhb
a2 Friedrich Miescher Laboratory, 72076 Tübingen, Germany susanne.huber@tuebingen.mpg.de http://www.fml.tuebingen.mpg.de/schwarzer/

Abstract

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.