18 July 2014 Similarities between GCS and human motor cortex: complex movement coordination
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The “Gran Telescopio de Canarias” (GTC1) is an optical-infrared 10-meter segmented mirror telescope at the ORM observatory in Canary Islands (Spain). The GTC control system (GCS), the brain of the telescope, is is a distributed object & component oriented system based on RT-CORBA and it is responsible for the management and operation of the telescope, including its instrumentation. On the other hand, the Human motor cortex (HMC) is a region of the cerebrum responsible for the coordination of planning, control, and executing voluntary movements. If we analyze both systems, as far as the movement control of their mechanisms and body parts is concerned, we can find extraordinary similarities in their architectures. Both are structured in layers, and their functionalities are comparable from the movement conception until the movement action itself: In the GCS we can enumerate the Sequencer high level components, the Coordination libraries, the Control Kit library and the Device Driver library as the subsystems involved in the telescope movement control. If we look at the motor cortex, we can also enumerate the primary motor cortex, the secondary motor cortices, which include the posterior parietal cortex, the premotor cortex, and the supplementary motor area (SMA), the motor units, the sensory organs and the basal ganglia. From all these components/areas we will analyze in depth the several subcortical regions, of the the motor cortex, that are involved in organizing motor programs for complex movements and the GCS coordination framework, which is composed by a set of classes that allow to the high level components to transparently control a group of mechanisms simultaneously.
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Jose A. Rodríguez, Jose A. Rodríguez, Rosa Macias, Rosa Macias, Jordi Molgo, Jordi Molgo, Dailos Guerra , Dailos Guerra , "Similarities between GCS and human motor cortex: complex movement coordination", Proc. SPIE 9152, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy III, 91521R (18 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056125; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2056125
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