Robot control with biological cells

Soichiro Tsuda, Klaus Peter Zauner, Yukio Gunji

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-223
Number of pages9
JournalBioSystems
Volume87
Issue number2-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Feb
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Autonomous robots
  • Biologically inspired robotics
  • Coupled oscillators
  • Molecular computing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Biotechnology
  • Drug Discovery

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Robot control with biological cells. / Tsuda, Soichiro; Zauner, Klaus Peter; Gunji, Yukio.

In: BioSystems, Vol. 87, No. 2-3, 02.2007, p. 215-223.

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Tsuda, Soichiro ; Zauner, Klaus Peter ; Gunji, Yukio. / Robot control with biological cells. In: BioSystems. 2007 ; Vol. 87, No. 2-3. pp. 215-223.
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