A bio-plausible design for visual attitude stabilization

Andrea Censi, Shuo Han, Sawyer B Fuller, Richard M Murray
Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), 2009

We consider the problem of attitude stabilization using exclusively visual sensory input, and we look for a solution which can satisfy the constraints of a ``bio-plausible'' computation. We obtain a PD controller which is a bilinear form of the goal image, and the current and delayed visual input. Moreover, this controller can be learned using classic neural networks algorithms. The structure of the resulting computation, derived from general principles by imposing a bilinear computation, has striking resemblances with existing models for visual information processing in insects (Reichardt Correlators and lobula plate tangential cells). We validate the algorithms using faithful simulations of the fruit fly visual input.

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Richard Murray (murray@cds.caltech.edu)