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Multimodal communication in animals, humans and robots: An introduction to perspectives in brain-inspired informatics Neural Networks, Vol. 22, No. 2. (March 2009), pp. 111-115 by Stefan Wermter, Martin Page, Michael Knowles, et al.
    abstract = {Recent years have seen convergence in research on brain mechanisms and neurocomputational approaches, culminating in the creation of a new generation of robots whose artificial "brains" respect neuroscience principles and whose "cognitive" systems venture into higher cognitive domains such as planning and action sequencing, complex object and concept processing, and language. The present article gives an overview of selected projects in this general multidisciplinary field. The work reviewed centres on research funded by the {EU} in the context of the New and Emergent Science and Technology, {NEST}, funding scheme highlighting the topic "What it means to be human". Examples of such projects include learning by imitation (Edici project), examining the origin of human rule-based reasoning (Far), studying the neural origins of language (Neurocom), exploring the evolutionary origins of the human mind (Pkb140404), researching into verbal and non-verbal communication (Refcom), using and interpreting signs (Sedsu), characterising human language by structural complexity (Chlasc), and representing abstract concepts (Abstract). Each of the communication-centred research projects revealed individual insights; however, there had been little overall analysis of results and hypotheses. In the Specific Support Action Nestcom, we proposed to analyse some {NEST} projects focusing on the central question "What it means to communicate" and to review, understand and integrate the results of previous communication-related research, in order to develop and communicate multimodal experimental hypotheses for investigation by future projects. The present special issue includes a range of papers on the interplay between neuroinformatics, brain science and robotics in the general area of higher cognitive functions and multimodal communication. These papers extend talks given at the {NESTCOM} workshops, at {ICANN} ( in Porto and at the first meeting of the Federation of the European Societies of Neuropsychology in Edinburgh in 2008 ( We hope that the collection will give a vivid insight into current trends in the field.},
    author = {Wermter, Stefan and Page, Martin and Knowles, Michael and Gallese, Vittorio and Pulverm\"{u}ller, Friedemann and Taylor, John G.},
    issn = {0893-6080},
    journal = {Neural Networks},
    keywords = {biomimetic, communication, multi-modality, robots},
    month = mar,
    number = {2},
    pages = {111--115},
    pmid = {19216049},
    posted-at = {2014-05-28 10:53:42},
    priority = {2},
    title = {Multimodal communication in animals, humans and robots: {A}n introduction to perspectives in brain-inspired informatics},
    url = {},
    volume = {22},
    year = {2009}

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