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Self-organized segregation effect on self-assembling robots


Tientcheu, Aubery; Miyashita, Shuhei; Füchslin, Rudolf Marcel; Nakajima, Kohei; Göldi, Maurice; Pfeifer, Rolf (2010). Self-organized segregation effect on self-assembling robots. In: 12th International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems (ALife XII), Odense, Denmark, 19 August 2010 - 23 August 2010, 232-238.

Abstract

Complex systems involving many interacting components being out of equilibrium often organize into patterns. Understanding the underlying principles that govern such systems might lead to a deeper insight into living systems and the development of new applications in robotics. In this contribution, we investigate water-based self-assembling modules, exhibiting a segregation effect under some particular conditions. The system consists of vibrating (active) and non vibrating (passive) circular modules floating on the surface of the water. The segregation happens as a result of a depletionlike force, which is of purely entropic nature and is based on the characteristics of the modules (active or passive). We focus especially on the dynamics of the process with respect to the energy and the entropy. Some applications of the designed system are also discussed.

Abstract

Complex systems involving many interacting components being out of equilibrium often organize into patterns. Understanding the underlying principles that govern such systems might lead to a deeper insight into living systems and the development of new applications in robotics. In this contribution, we investigate water-based self-assembling modules, exhibiting a segregation effect under some particular conditions. The system consists of vibrating (active) and non vibrating (passive) circular modules floating on the surface of the water. The segregation happens as a result of a depletionlike force, which is of purely entropic nature and is based on the characteristics of the modules (active or passive). We focus especially on the dynamics of the process with respect to the energy and the entropy. Some applications of the designed system are also discussed.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Language:English
Event End Date:23 August 2010
Deposited On:08 Apr 2013 10:59
Last Modified:06 Aug 2017 04:19
Publisher:MIT Press
ISBN:978-0-262-29075-3
Free access at:Related URL. An embargo period may apply.
Related URLs:http://www.alife12.org/
http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/artificial-life-xii
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:2467

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