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Robot control with biological cells

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At present there exists a large gap in size, performance, adaptability and robustness between natural and arti?cial 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 ampli?ed to yield a macroscopic output action in the environment mediated through the robot’s actuators.

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Tsuda, Soichiro, Zauner, Klaus-Peter and Gunji, Yukio-Pegio (2007) Robot control with biological cells BioSystems, 87, pp. 215-223.

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Published date: 2007
Keywords: Autonomous robots, Molecular computing, Coupled oscillators, Biologically inspired robotics
Organisations: Agents, Interactions & Complexity

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Local EPrints ID: 263582
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/263582
PURE UUID: 9136bc1f-df7c-42f6-a2be-77e53c2f1647

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Date deposited: 21 Feb 2007
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 07:43

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Author: Soichiro Tsuda
Author: Klaus-Peter Zauner
Author: Yukio-Pegio Gunji

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