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KOVAN research lab is founded to study the synthesis of intelligent systems inspired from nature. Our inspiration stems from a wide range fields ranging from social insects to biological neural systems and evolution. Autonomous agents (including robots) are preferred as a major test-bed in our studies.

[top][back] Announcements

  • NEW! KOVAN Research Lab has made an official opening at its new place with participation of the Rector of the university and other valuable members of the university.
  • iCub finally made an appearance in the Turkish media. Click {{#switchtablink:KOVAN in the Media|here|Main Page}} for the links.

[top][back] Highlights

The ROSSI Project (Emergence of communication in RObots through Sensorimotor and Social Interaction) funding within FP7 has started. Within the project, we will be developing a neuro-computational model that would allow robots to develop concepts such as nouns and verbs.

Image:Macs-logo.jpg We have successfully completed the MACS project in which we have developed a formalization of Gibson’s affordance concept and demonstrated how it can be used at all levels of autonomous robot control, ranging from perceptual learning to planning.

The main scientific objective of this project is to investigate how and to what extend the dynamics of a robotic swarm can be externally controlled. In the project, a heterogeneous swarm, consisting of two types of mobile robots, one in large numbers but simple, the other in fewer numbers but more complex, will be developed. The experiments to be made with the real robots will be complemented by systematic experiments carried out in physically realistic simulation models that will also be developed. Click here for more information.