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Editorial: Mapping Human Sensory-Motor Skills for Manipulation Onto the Design and Control of Robots

Bianchi Matteo; Salvietti Gionata

The extraordinary human sensory-motor capabilities arise from the interaction with the external world and the interplay of different elements, which are controlled within a space whose dimensionality is lower than the available number of dimensions, as suggested by the concept of synergies, see (e.g., Turvey, 2007; Latash, 2008; Santello et al., 2013). This general simplification approach has then been successfully used in robotics, to inform the development of simple yet effective artificial devices, see (e.g., Santello et al., 2016). Mutual inspiration between robotics and neuroscience could hence be the key to advance both these disciplines: through a bio-aware approach for the design of mechatronic systems, on one side, and the deployment of technical tools for novel neuroscientific experiments, on the other. The manuscripts presented in this e-book shed light on the organization of human sensory-motor architecture, presenting instruments and mechatronic systems that can be successfully applied to neuroscientific investigation. At the same time, we report on robotic translations of neuroscientific outcome

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