Valentino Braitenberg (sometimes referred to as Valentin; born 18. June 1926 in Bolzano, Italy; died 9. September 2011 in Tübingen, Germany) was an Italian neuroscientist and cyberneticist. He was former director at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, Germany.
He was most famous for the book Vehicles: Experiments in Synthetic Psychology, in which he described how hypothetical analog vehicles (a combination of sensors, actuators and their interconnections), though simple in design, can exhibit behaviors akin to aggression, love, foresight and optimism.
- Hosp, Inga; Schüz, Almut; Braitenberg, Zeno, eds. (2011). Tentakel des Geistes. Begegnungen mit Valentin Braitenberg. Arunda 81. Bolzano: Edition Raetia. ISBN 978-88-7283-403-9.
- ^ http://www.psych.ucsb.edu/~beall/vehicles.pdf