SPECS has a long track record in embodied models of cognition. We have focused on the 2014-2018 period both on the emulation of rodent navigation behavior and human social behavior. These models have served a number of basic and applied EC projects (e.g., HR-Recycler, socSMCs, WYSIWYD, EASEL, cDAC). The most notable outcomes are an integrated architecture for the real-time control of social behaviors which has been validated a broad range if Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) studies (e.g. Lallee et al, 2015), the DACX model of rodent navigation and spatial cognition (Maffei et al 2015) and a control architecture for a robot tutoring system (Vouloutsi et al, 2016). These models have also provided the foundation for the development and deployment of a STEM training module for school students.
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