Control System of Flexible Structure Multi-cell Robot Using Amoeboid Self-Organization Mode

  • Nobuyuki Takahashi
  • Takashi Nagai
  • Hiroshi Yokoi
  • Yukinori Kakazu
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/3-540-44811-X_64

Volume 2159 of the book series Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
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Takahashi N., Nagai T., Yokoi H., Kakazu Y. (2001) Control System of Flexible Structure Multi-cell Robot Using Amoeboid Self-Organization Mode. In: Kelemen J., Sosík P. (eds) Advances in Artificial Life. ECAL 2001. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 2159. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

In this paper, we present a distributed multi-cell robot control system that enables autonomous movement. Flexible deformation and actions are features of living things such as amoebae. One amoeba has neither specialized sensitive organs nor motile organs, however, as a whole, a slime of amoebae can present unified movement. That is, organisms such as amoebae own various self-organization abilities. The control system proposed in this study rose from such kind of self-organization, by which cell units move together to give rise to the movement of multi-cell robots, according to only local interaction. Especially, in this study, self-organization phenomena including entrainment of non-linear oscillators were modeled, and effectiveness was shown through computer experiments.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nobuyuki Takahashi
    • 1
  • Takashi Nagai
    • 1
  • Hiroshi Yokoi
    • 1
  • Yukinori Kakazu
    • 1
  1. 1.Autonomous Systems EngineeringHokkaido UniversityKita-ku, SapporoJapan