The LAMPETRA project aims at developing lamprey/salamander bioinspired artefacts to perform neuroscientific studies related to goal-directed locomotion, and to find innovative solutions for high-performance artificial locomotion, in terms of fast-response,
adaptability, reliability, energy efficiency and control. The project is expected to achieve advances in neurosciences, technology and engineering, including control.
The original approach towards these goals is based on the development and use of bioinspired lamprey/salamander
artefacts for conducting neuroscientific studies and for performing bio-hybrid experiments on vertebrate
mechanisms involved in the neural control of goal-directed locomotion, bringing new scientific knowledge in this field.
Besides the implementation of the bioinspired artificial system
(mimicking the neuronal level, the biomechanical structure and the control functions),
advanced numerical simulations are also performed, focused on the neural control system of locomotion.
LAMPETRA is a three-year collaborative project and has received funding from the European Community’s
Seventh Framework Programme (FP7, Theme ICT-2007.8.3 - FET proactive 3, “Bio-ICT Convergence”).