This shows a sea star on a beach

Findings about sea star locomotion could aid in development of simpler, decentralized systems in robotics

Much of a sea star's locomotion is determined by local sensory-motor response at the tube feet level as opposed to global sensory-motor commands. It appears the nervous system relies on the physics of the interaction between the body and the environment to control movement. The findings will help with the development of new robotic systems that utilize a decentralized component to learn hierarchically.... Read More...