||In this project, the mobiligence mechanism is elucidated by the constructive
and systematic approaches (*1), through the fused collaboration of biologists
and engineering scientists who developed biological models by integrating
physiological data and kinetic modeling technologies (see the chart below).
In other words, the Mobiligence Project is pursued by integrating biology
and engineering, i.e., physiological analysis (biology), modeling and experiments
on artificial systems (engineering), verification of models (biology),
and discovery and application of principles (engineering).
An approach in which researchers understand an object and build up and test a hypothesis by modeling the object, reconstructing it as an artificial system, such as simulators or robots, experimenting with the system, and analyzing its motions.
||In the following discussion, the focus is on three adaptive mechanisms:
- Mechanism whereby animals adapt to recognize environmental changes;
- Mechanism whereby animals adapt physically to environmental changes; and
- Mechanism whereby animals adapt to society.
Research groups for each of the categories listed above are organized. The three groups conduct their respective research and clarify the universal, common principle underlying the mechanism of mobiligence. The Planned Research Team studies the following specific subjects: analysis of the environmental cognition and the adaptive mechanism in reaching movements; analysis of the physical adaptive mechanism in walking; and analysis of the adaptive mechanism observed in the social behaviors of insects. In addition, the Planned Research Team clarifies the common principle underlying mobiligence from a dynamic viewpoint. Furthermore, we study adaptive mechanisms relating to various objects by publicly inviting proposed topics and clarify the universal, common principle therein.