Topology-conserving maps for motor control

Helge Ritter, Klaus Schulten

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One of the features of the brain is its organization into a collection of two-dimensional 'modules' in which neighboring neurons contribute to similar tasks. These modules often represent 'topology-conserving maps' in which neurons are dedicated to input data in such a fashion that the most essential interrelationships of the data are captured in the two-dimensional spatial arrangement of the corresponding neurons. Examples are the auditive maps of sound location in the hippocampus, the motor map of eye-movements in the superior colliculus or the crescent-shaped arrangement of motor-neuron-pools in the motor cortex innervating arm muscles. It seems that the functional role of such maps consists in providing an organization of a two-dimensional storage and processing such that the most important communication and processing requirements can be satisfied by local interactions, spanning small distances only. We present a system for the control of a robot arm furnishing an example of this possibility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalNeural Networks
Issue number1 SUPPL
StatePublished - 1988
EventInternational Neural Network Society 1988 First Annual Meeting - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: Sep 6 1988Sep 10 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Artificial Intelligence


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