10 January 2004

£711,000 EPSRC grant for ABRG Group

Kevin Gurney and other members of the ABRG (Tony Prescott, Peter Redgrave and Paul Overton) have successfully led a proposal to the EPSRC as part of the Novel Computation initiative. The grant is worth £1,720,000 in total, of which £711,000 comes to Sheffield. This national, interdisciplinary initiative was extremely competitive with only two awards being made. The award is for a five year project entitled 'Integrative computation for autonomous agents: a novel approach based on the vertebrate brain'. The project brings together computational and experimental neuroscientists, roboticists, mathematicians, psychologists, and electronics engineers to investigate biologically inspired methods of systems integration for the flexible and adaptable control of behaviour. Collaborators include the Universities of Bristol (R. Bogacz and R. Baddeley) , Aberystwyth (M. Lee), UMIST (P. Dudek), Oxford (P.D Nixon), Cambridge, (P.N Tobler), Dundee (B.W Tatler) and BAE Systems.