The Future of Self-Organizing Robots

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Part of the Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics book series (STAR, volume 77)

Abstract

In the chapters so far, we have discussed in detail the design of mechanical systems and robots based on self-organization, from their historical development to specific design examples. The authors hope that these chapters enable the reader to understand that these are fundamentally multiple-module systems that have flexibility that cannot be expected of traditional mechanical systems. In this chapter, we discuss the limitations and future challenges facing self-organizing robots built with electro-mechanical technologies, and then, returning to the philosophy of “design based on self-organization” one last time, consider the goals we should set for self-organizing robots from a relatively long term perspective. One such goal is to make molecular machines that self-organize.

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© Haruhisa Kurokawa, Satoshi Murata 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Bioengineering and Robotic Graduate School of EngineeringTohoku UniversitySendaiJapan
  2. 2.Intelligent Systems Institute Field Robotics Research GroupNational Institute of Advanced Science and Technology (AIST)TsukubaJapan

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