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Braitenberg, Valentino

Works: 53 works in 173 publications in 5 languages and 2,319 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Compiler, Honoree
Classifications: QP356, 152
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Most widely held works about Valentino Braitenberg
Most widely held works by Valentino Braitenberg
Vehicles, experiments in synthetic psychology by Valentino Braitenberg( Book )

33 editions published between 1984 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 584 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume describes Braitenberg vehicles. Braitenberg vehicles are conceived in a thought experiment by the author of this book to illustrate in an evolutive way the abilities of simple agents. The vehicles represent the simplest form of behavior based artificial intelligence or embodied cognition, (i.e. intelligent behavior) that emerges from sensorimotor interaction between the agent and its environment, without any need for an internal memory, representation of the environment, or inference. There are 14 vehicles in all -- a series of hypothetical, self-operating mobile machines that exhibit increasingly sophisticated behavior similar to that in the real biological or neuroscientific world. One might assemble Braitenberg's vehicles like cunning table-top toys that might look like the fantastic Albrecht drawings. Whatever their guise, they behave like living creatures, ranging from simple light-seeking automata to vehicles that an observing psychologist or philosopher might conclude were operated by concealed human beings. Each of the vehicles in the series incorporates the essential features of all the earlier models but represents an evolutionary advance to a higher plateau of complexity. Along the way, they come to embody the instincts of fight or flight, the characteristic behaviors impelled by love and by logic, manifestations of foresight, concept formation, creative thinking, personality, and free will. The author shows that these attributes and patterns of behavior can be internalized into machines using the simplest parts -- a collection of environmental sensors, some wheel-driving motors, various threshold devices, a few fictional (but logically and technologically plausible) components with special properties. The author locates many elements of his fantasy in current brain research in a concluding section of extensive biological notes
On the texture of brains : an introduction to neuroanatomy for the cybernetically minded by Valentino Braitenberg( Book )

22 editions published between 1973 and 1977 in 4 languages and held by 310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I believe that the most intriguing thing in the world, be sides the world itself, is the human brain. Moreover, I am sure that a coherent natural philosophy will only be possible once we have understood how the brain, itself an object of physics, generates the description of the physical word. Therefore a book on the brain, be it the fly's or the mouse's brain, needs no justification. It is important, however, to point out the limits of its ambi tions. The first three Chapters are introductory and are written in a lighthearted philosophical vein. An idea is introduced that turns up repeatedly in the rest of the book, namely, that the structure of brains is information about the world. Chapter 4 is didactic: in it the neuron and its function are sketched as the element of the nerv ous tissue. Chapters 5 to 8 are a collection of essays loosely tied together mainly by the vagaries of my own interests. They do not intend to be definitive statements about the cerebellum, the cerebral cortex, or the visual ganglia of insects but rather illuminate these structures from a personal point of view. Accordingly, many au thors will find their own contributions only insufficiently represented in the text and frequently without explicit quotation. I beg their pardon and remind the reader that enough competent reviews are available in the fields that I touch upon, easily accessible through the references
Anatomy of the cortex : statistics and geometry by Valentino Braitenberg( Book )

9 editions published in 1991 in 3 languages and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this essay we propose a view of the cerebral cortex from an unusual angle, determined by our search for the most general statements on the relation between cortical structure and function. Our results may be at variance with the ideas of those physiologists who have specialized subsystems of the cortex in mind, but are not in contrast with them, as we hope to show. Our view is akin to one presented by Moshe Abeles in his monograph Local Cortical Circuits (1982). It is related to the theory developed by Gunther Palm, for many years our partner, in Neural Assemblies (1982). It owes much to the ideas which inspire the work of George Gerstein (beginning with the classic: Gerstein 1962) and especially to the insights gained by our colleague Ad Aertsen and his group in TUbingen. Our ideas on the cortex find some resonance in a recent trend in Artificial Intelligence (Kohonen 1977; Hopfield 1982; Rumelhart et al. 1986), and indeed the diagram (Braitenberg 1974a) representing the dominant idea of that trend, the associative matrix with feedback, has served as an emblem for the editorial enterprise Studies of Brain Function since its inception in 1977. Since our earlier reports (Braitenberg 1974a, b, 1977, 1978a, b, 1986; Schilz 1976, 1978, 198la, b, 1986) enough new experimental evidence has accumulated in our own laboratory (summarized by Schilz 1989) and elsewhere to justify a more extended and more confident presen tation
Cortex : statistics and geometry of neuronal connectivity by Valentino Braitenberg( Book )

8 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and German and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By means of quantitative analysis of the tissue components in the cortex of the mouse, this book presents an overall picture of the cortical network which is then related to various theories on cortical function. It is centered around the idea of a diffuse network in a fairly homogeneous population of excitatory neurons, that of the pyramidal cells. It shows that the whole organisation in the cortical skeleton of pryramidal cells correspondes well to the idea of an associative memory and to the theory of cell assemblies. The theoretical points are made on the basis of experimental results. The reader not only obtains information about quantitative neuroanatomy, but also on the methods used, in particular those that vary from the norm
Brain theory : reprint volume by Ad Aertsen( Book )

9 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The present collection of papers focuses on the subject of vision. The papers bring together new insights and facts from various branches of experimental and theoretical neuroscience. The experimental facts presented in the volume stem from disparate fields, such as neuroanatomy, electrophysiology, optical imaging and psychophysics. The theoretical models in part are unsophisticated, yet still inspiring, while others skilfully apply advanced mathematical reasoning to results of experimental measurements. The book is the fifth in a series of volumes intending to define a theory of the brain by bringing together formal reasoning and experimental facts. The reader is thus being introduced to a new kind of brain science, where facts and theory are beginning to blend together
Studies of brain function( )

in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Begabung und Erziehung( Book )

5 editions published in 1985 in German and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Künstliche Wesen : Verhalten kybernet. Vehikel by Valentino Braitenberg( Book )

4 editions published between 1984 and 1986 in German and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Natur ist unser Modell von ihr : Forschung und Philosophie : das Bozner Treffen 1995( Book )

4 editions published in 1996 in German and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Véhicules : expériences en psychologie synthétique by Valentino Braitenberg( Book )

2 editions published in 1991 in French and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gescheit sein : und andere unwissenschaftliche Essays by Valentino Braitenberg( Book )

3 editions published in 1987 in German and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Evolution : Entwicklung und Organisation in der Natur ; das Bozner Treffen 1993( Book )

2 editions published in 1994 in German and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Il gusto della lingua : meccanismi cerebrali e strutture grammaticali by Valentino Braitenberg( Book )

7 editions published in 1996 in Italian and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Simulation : Computer zwischen Experiment und Theorie( Book )

2 editions published in 1995 in German and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vehikel : Experimente mit kybernetischen Wesen by Valentino Braitenberg( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in German and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ricerche teoriche e sperimentali di cibernetica svolte nell'anno accademico 1961-1962 nel Laboritorio di cibernetica presso l'Istitutio di fisica teorica dell'Università di Napoli by Valentino Braitenberg( Book )

5 editions published in 1964 in Italian and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I tessuti intelligenti by Valentino Braitenberg( Book )

3 editions published in 1980 in Italian and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I veicoli pensanti by Valentino Braitenberg( Book )

4 editions published between 1984 and 2007 in Italian and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Central processing of visual information by Hansjochem Autrum( )

1 edition published in 1973 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The present volume covers the physiology of the visual system beyond the optic nerve. It is a continuation of the two preceding parts on the photochemistry and the physiology of the eye, and forms a bridge from them to the fourth part on visual psychophysics. These fields have all developed as independent speciali ties and need integrating with each other. The processing of visual information in the brain cannot be understood without some knowledge of the preceding mechanisms in the photoreceptor organs. There are two fundamental reasons, ontogenetic and functional, why this is so: 1) the retina of the vertebrate eye has developed from a specialized part of the brain; 2) in processing their data the eyes follow physiological principles similar to the visual brain centres. Peripheral and central functions should also be discussed in context with their final synthesis in subjective experience, i. e. visual perception. Microphysiology and ultramicroscopy have brought new insights into the neuronal basis of vision. These investigations began in the periphery: HARTLINE'S pioneering experiments on single visual elements of Limulus in 1932 started a successful period of neuronal recordings which ascended from the retina to the highest centres in the visual brain. In the last two decades modern electron microscopic techniques and photochemical investigations of single photoreceptors further contributed to vision research
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Vehicles, experiments in synthetic psychology
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Braitenberg, V.

Braitenberg, V. 1926-2011

Braitenberg, V. (Valentino)

Braitenberg, V. (Valentino), 1926-2011

Braitenberg Valentin

Braitenberg, Valentin 1926-2011

Braitenberg, Valentin von 1926-2011

Braitenberg, Valentino

Braitenberg, Valentino 1926-2011

Braitenberg, Valentino von

Valentin Braitenberg italienischer Hirnforscher, Kybernetiker und Schriftsteller

Valentino Braitenberg

Valentino Braitenberg Italiaans wetenschapper (1926-2011)

Valentino Braitenberg Italian-Austrian neuroscientist

Valentino Braitenberg Italian-German neuroscientist

Valentino Braitenberg italienischer Hirnforscher, Kybernetiker und Schriftsteller

ブライテンベルク, V


English (66)

German (33)

Italian (19)

French (3)

Japanese (2)

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