A neurorobotics approach to behaviour selection based on human activity recognition

Caetano M. Ranieri*, Renan C. Moioli, Patricia A. Vargas, Roseli A. F. Romero

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Behaviour selection has been an active research topic for robotics, in particular in the field of human–robot interaction. For a robot to interact autonomously and effectively with humans, the coupling between techniques for human activity recognition and robot behaviour selection is of paramount importance. However, most approaches to date consist of deterministic associations between the recognised activities and the robot behaviours, neglecting the uncertainty inherent to sequential predictions in real-time applications. In this paper, we address this gap by presenting an initial neurorobotics model that embeds, in a simulated robot, computational models of parts of the mammalian brain that resembles neurophysiological aspects of the basal ganglia–thalamus–cortex (BG–T–C) circuit, coupled with human activity recognition techniques. A robotics simulation environment was developed for assessing the model, where a mobile robot accomplished tasks by using behaviour selection in accordance with the activity being performed by the inhabitant of an intelligent home. Initial results revealed that the initial neurorobotics model is advantageous, especially considering the coupling between the most accurate activity recognition approaches and the computational models of more complex animals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1009-1028
Number of pages20
JournalCognitive Neurodynamics
Issue number4
Early online date27 Sept 2022
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2023


  • Behaviour selection
  • Bioinspired computational model
  • Human activity recognition
  • Neurorobotics
  • Robot simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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