On biological principles of motor control

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We review some general problems underlying sensorimotor transformations for biological control of limb movements. We present evidence that limb kinematics can be controlled independently of kinetics. Ill-defined inverse transformations from endpoint to joint coordinates are solved by means of kinematic constraints, such as a law of planar inter-segmental co-ordination, or by means of optimization principles. Hybrid feedback/feedforward control schemes are used whenever possible. Finally internal models mapping motor commands onto their sensory consequences and viceversa are used to improve estimates and to learn new tasks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational IEEE/EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering, NER
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)0780375793
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Event1st International IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering - Capri Island, Italy
Duration: Mar 20 2003Mar 22 2003


Other1st International IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering
CityCapri Island


  • Biological information theory
  • Geometry
  • Kinematics
  • Kinetic theory
  • Knee
  • Motor drives
  • Muscles
  • Nervous system
  • Retina
  • Torque

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Mechanical Engineering


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