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Surfing is still a sport governed by feelings. The driving forces behind this joint project, PUKAS and TECNALIA, aim to “turn feelings into facts and figures” and provide as yet unquantified data that can be directly applied to improve the features of surfboards, the technical performance of surfers and/or measurement of parameters during competition.
At the Neurosciences Institute they are attempting to model the workings of neural systems through robotics. Their efforts are aimed at creating machines that think like humans. Sensors on the robots gather environmental information and make actions (decisions) using a complex neural system.
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