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Applied Computational Intelligence and Soft Computing
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 963917, 9 pages
Research Article

Neural Oscillators Programming Simplified

Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA 70402, USA

Received 10 October 2011; Revised 29 December 2011; Accepted 2 January 2012

Academic Editor: Sebastian Ventura

Copyright © 2012 Patrick McDowell and Theresa Beaubouef. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The neurological mechanism used for generating rhythmic patterns for functions such as swallowing, walking, and chewing has been modeled computationally by the neural oscillator. It has been widely studied by biologists to model various aspects of organisms and by computer scientists and robotics engineers as a method for controlling and coordinating the gaits of walking robots. Although there has been significant study in this area, it is difficult to find basic guidelines for programming neural oscillators. In this paper, the authors approach neural oscillators from a programmer’s point of view, providing background and examples for developing neural oscillators to generate rhythmic patterns that can be used in biological modeling and robotics applications.