Self-organization of environmentally-adaptive shapes on a modular robot

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Self-organization of environmentally-adaptive shapes on a modular robot
— Modular robots have the potential to achieve a wide range of applications by reconfiguring their shapes to perform different functions. This requires robust and scalable control algorithms that can form a wide range of user-specified shapes, including shapes that adapt to the environment. Here we present a decentralized algorithm for self-organizing of environmentally-adaptive shapes. We apply it to a chain-style modular robot, configured to form a flexible sheet structure. We show that the proposed algorithm is capable of achieving a wide class of environmentally-adaptive shapes, and the module control is simple, scalable, robust and provably correct. The algorithm is also self-maintaining: the shape automatically adapts if the environment changes. Finally, we present several applications which can be achieved within this framework via robot prototypes and simulations, such as a self-balancing table. In our experiments, we demonstrate the algorithm is highly responsive and rob...
Chih-Han Yu, François-Xavier Willems, Donal
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Type Conference
Year 2007
Where IROS
Authors Chih-Han Yu, François-Xavier Willems, Donald E. Ingber, Radhika Nagpal
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