Geoffrey Jackson, Alan Murray
In this paper we examine the practical use of hardware neural networks in an autonomous mobile robot. We have developed a hardware neural system based around a custom VLSI chip, EP(cid:173) SILON III, designed specifically for embedded hardware neural applications. We present here a demonstration application of an autonomous mobile robot that highlights the flexibility of this sys(cid:173) tem. This robot gains basic mobility competence in very few train(cid:173) ing epochs using an "instinct-rule" training methodology.