The shape of trajectories is not a by-product of dynamic optimization. It reflects and is consistent with the Euclidean properties of ordinary space
What is space ? Intuitive Concept Geometry, from a physical standpoint is the totality of the laws according to which rigid bodies mutually at rest can be placed with respect to each other… Space in this interpretation is in principle an infinite rigid body – or skeleton - to which the position of all other bodies is related. A. Einstein, 1949 Less Intuitive Concepts Signals spaces, configuration spaces, state spaces, feature spaces, etc...
Ordinary Space Euclid Pythagoras Two equivalent statements x y d
Euclidean Symmetry Among all possible norm only the L 2 (Euclidean) norm is invariant under rigid transformations (e.g. rotations, translations). Size does not depend upon position and orientation. Euclidean (L 2 ) Norm Orthogonal transformation
Signal spaces Neither the visual nor the motor signals spaces are Euclidean. Yet, we perceive Euclidean symmetry and we coordinate motor commands to control independently movement amplitude and direction
It is a common misconception that the visual system provides the primal information about this symmetry. In fact it is likely for the opposite to be true: we learn the properties of space through active perception
Is the bias toward Euclidean symmetry a guiding principle for the emergence of new motor programs?
The motor system can reassign degrees of freedom to novel tasks Glove Talk. Sidney Fels and Geoffrey Hinton, 1990 VocabularySam-I-am
The properties of space are captured by the motor system when forming novel motor programs whose purpose is to control the motion of an endpoint
19 SIGNALS (Hand Configuration) 2 Screen Coordinates F.A. Mussa-Ivaldi, S. Acosta, R. Scheidt, K.M. Mosier Remapping Space
The task The subject must place the cursor corresponding to the hand inside a circular target Experiment begins with the cursor inside a target. New target is presented – Cursor is suppressed. The subject must try to make a single rapid movement of the fingers so as to place the (invisible) cursor inside the new target and stop. As the hand is at rest after this initial movement, the cursor reappears The subject corrects by moving the cursor under visual guidance inside the target Only the initial open loop movement is analyzed
Linearity S E A B Aspect-Ratio: AB/SE Ensemble Single Subject Cursor movements DO NOT become straighter !
Extended training 4 consecutive days 2 groups of subjects No-Vision subjects (P2) just engage in the task for 4 days Vision subjects (P3) train with continuous visual feedback trials. But they are tested in the same no-vision condition as the other group. The two groups receive the same amount of training
Extended Training Results Both group have the same learning trend. Continuous visual feedback of endpoint movements facilitates the formation of straighter open-loop trajectories
Error reduction and straightening of motion are independent processes Straightening of motion is facilitated when vision and movement execution are concurrent
The subjects learn to solve an ill-posed inverse problem (from cursor location to hand gesture) and in doing so, they learn the geometrical structure of the map, i.e. a specific partition of degrees of freedom.
Identify Residual Control Signals (Movements, EEG, EMG, Multiunit…) Form a first vocabulary of commands (faster, slower, right, left, MIDI, etc…) Machine learns to respond appropriately Patient practice and leans new commands Practical Applications: Body-Machine Interfaces (BMI) Interface DUAL LEARNING
Sensing garments (Smartex -Pisa) 52 smeared sensors on lycra No metallic wires External connection realized by metallic press stud
Calibration: Find optimally controlled DOFs (synergies) by dimensionality reduction
Natural Synergies -> Control Parameters A bad map A better map