B(io)In(spired)

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A little about me...


My name is Ana Carolina Vilares Silva. I'm graduated in Biomedical Engineering, with specialization in Medical Electronics. I am presently working in my PhD thesis entitled: "A Bio-Inspired computational model for motion detection", at the Control, Automation and Robotics (CAR) Group, from the Industrial Electronics Department, University of Minho, Portugal.


I'm also working with Gray lab from University of Saskatchewan, Canada. During my stay in Gray lab, which lasted 4 months, I created and used computer-generated visual stimuli, with different levels of complexity, to study the activity of a pair of looming-sensitive visual neurons, the descending contralateral movement detectors (DCMDs). With these experiments I pretend to find out how the activity of these neurons may be related to the complexity of the visual stimuli.

The aim of this project is to develop a biologically-inspired, comprehensive computational model of complex motion detection that could be used for motor control. Specifically, the model is intended as a robust and effective bio-inspired visual perception collision detector for autonomous robot based applications.