Robot Control with Biological Cells


(2005) Robot Control with Biological Cells At Sixth International Workshop on Information Processing in Cells and Tissues , pp. 202-216.

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At present there exists a large gap in size, performance, adaptability and robustness between natural and artificial information processors for performing coherent perception-action tasks under real-time constraints. Even the simplest organisms have an enviable capability of coping with an unknown dynamic environment. Robots, in contrast, are still clumsy if confronted with such complexity. This paper presents a bio-hybrid architecture developed for exploring an alternate approach to the control of autonomous robots. Circuits prepared from amoeboid plasmodia of the slime mold Physarum polycephalum are interfaced with an omnidirectional hexapod robot. Sensory signals from the macro-physical environment of the robot are transduced to cellular scale and processed using the unique micro physical features of intracellular information processing. Conversely, the response form the cellular computation is amplified to yield a macroscopic output action in the environment mediated through the robot's actuators.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Event Dates: Aug. 30--Sept. 1, 2005
Keywords: autonomous robots, molecular computing, coupled oscillators, biologically-inspired robotics
ePrint ID: 261294
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2005
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:03
Further Information:Google Scholar
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/261294

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