The Active Touch Laboratory uses methods in psychophysics, computational modelling, and robotics to investigate tactile sensing in people and intelligent machines.
How do the mechanical properties of the skin affect neural coding? Our research aims to uncover how mechanical contact events propagate through the skin, both on a coarse and a small scale, and then drive individual mechanoreceptor responses.
We build large-scale models that simulate population responses from thousands of mechanoreceptive afferents innervating the hand or the foot. These models can help investigate neural coding on the population level and are employed in neuroprosthetic and robotics applications.
Using computational models ranging from the abstract to the detailed, we explore how touch is represented in the brain. We also investigate how these representations can adapt over time and how they might shape perception.
Rodrigo's FootSim abstract was accepted for the Neuromatch conference! Stay tuned for a talk about the modelling of cutaneous afferents of the foot sole.01/10/2020
The lab's first preprint and Giulia's first publication is up on bioRxiv.31/03/2020
Laura presents at Neuromatch online conference!