LOCEN is a research group of ISTC-CNR.
LOCEN ``mission'' is to use computational and robotic models to investigate how brain acquires behaviour, in a cumulative fashion, by interacting with the body and the environment; and to exploit the knowledge so acquired to build autonomous cumulative-learning humanoid robots.
LOCEN was founded in 2006 and is a very dynamic and interdisciplinary research group formed by 8 young researchers plus 4 undergraduate students.
LOCEN research is funded by European Projects (with the exception of Gianluca's and Marco's salaries).
LOCEN uses the research methods of "Developmental Robotics" and "Computational Embodied Neuroscience".
LOCEN research topics are: robotic autonomous learning and development, extrinsic and intrinsic motivations, goal-based learning, hierarchical reinforcement learning, attention and active vision, motor control and muscles, habitual and goal-directed behaviour and learning, classical and instrumental conditioning, brain mechanisms underlying these processes in animals (e.g., amygdala, hippocampus, basal ganglia, frontal cortex, dopamine).