A robotics simulation utilizing the Open Dynamics Engine
|Original author(s)||Carnegie Mellon University|
|Developer(s)||University of Colorado at Boulder|
8.2.0 / September 7, 2017
|Type||Neural network software|
Emergent (formerly PDP++) is neural simulation software that is primarily intended for creating models of the brain and cognitive processes. Development initially began in 1995 at Carnegie Mellon University, and as of 2014[update], continues at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The 3.x release of the software, which was known as PDP++, is featured in the textbook Computational Explorations in Cognitive Neuroscience.
Emergent features a modular design, based on the principles of object-oriented programming. It runs on Microsoft Windows, Darwin / macOS and Linux. C-Super-Script (variously, CSS and C^C), a built-in C++-like interpreted scripting language, allows access to virtually all simulator objects and can initiate all the same actions as the GUI, and more. Version 4 and upward features a full 3D environment for visualizations, based on Qt and Open Inventor. Robotics simulations are made possible by integration with the Open Dynamics Engine. A plugin system allows for expanding the software in many ways. Version 5 introduced parallel threading support, numerous speed improvements, a help browser featuring an interface to the project's Wiki and auto-generated documentation, undo and redo using diffs and a definable undo depth. In addition, 5.0.2 introduced a built-in plugin source code editor, and plugins can now be compiled from the main interface, enabling full development of plugins within Emergent.
- David Rumelhart[clarification needed]
- Randall C. O'Reilly
- James McClelland (psychologist)[clarification needed]
- Biologically inspired computing
- Computational neuroscience
- Aisa B, Mingus B, O'Reilly RC (October 2008). "The Emergent neural modeling system". Neural Networks. 21 (8): 1146–1152. doi:10.1016/j.neunet.2008.06.016. ISSN 0893-6080. PMID 18684591.
- O'Reilly, Randall; Munakata, Yuko (2000). Computational Explorations in Cognitive Neuroscience: Understanding the Mind by Simulating the Brain. The MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-65054-1.
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