Handbook of Collective Robotics: Fundamentals and Challenges, 1st Edition

  • Serge Kernbach
  • Published By: Pan Stanford Publishing
  • ISBN-10: 9814364118
  • ISBN-13: 9789814364119
  • DDC: 629.892
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 962 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released December 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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This book is devoted to mechatronic, chemical, bacteriological, biological, and hybrid systems, utilizing cooperative, networked, swarm, self-organizing, evolutionary and bio-inspired design principles and targeting underwater, ground, air, and space applications. It addresses issues such as open-ended evolution, self-replication, self-development, reliability, scalability, energy foraging, adaptivity, and artificial sociality. The book has been prepared by 52 authors from world-leading research groups in 14 countries. This book covers not only current but also future key technologies and is aimed at anyone who is interested in learning more about collective robotics and how it might affect our society.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Introduction to Collective Robotics: Reliability, Flexibility, and Scalability.
Fundamentals I. Middle-Size and Networked Systems.
1: The Swarm-Bot Experience: Strength and Mobility through Physical Cooperation.
2: Architectures and Control of Networked Robotic Systems.
3: Cooperative Robotics in Robocup Soccer is Not Just Playing a Game.
4: Evolving Collective Control, Cooperation, and Distributed Cognition.
5: Reliability and Fault Tolerance in Collective Robot Systems.
6: Collective Reconfigurable Systems: Fundamentals of Self-Reconfiguration Planning.
Fundamentals II. Large-Scale and Swarm Systems.
7: Self-Organized Robotic Systems: Large-Scale Experiments in Aggregation and Self-Assembly Using Miniature Robots.
8: Biomimetic and Bioinspired Design of Collective Systems.
9: Improving the Scalability of Collective Systems.
10: Collective Foraging: Cleaning, Energy Harvesting, and Trophallaxis.
11: Individual, Social, and Evolutionary Adaptation in Collective Systems.
12: Replicators: From Molecules to Organisms.
13: Developmental Collective Robotics: Advantages and Challenges of Unbounded Self-Development.
14: A General Methodology for the Control of Mixed Natural-Artificial Societies.
15: Underwater Robot Swarms: Challenges and Opportunities.
16: Aerial Collective Systems.
17: Collective Systems in Space and for Planetary Explorations.
18: Nanorobotics: A Perspective.
19: Minimalistic Large-Scale Microrobotic Systems.
20: Chemical Swarm Robots.
21: Performing Collective Tasks with Flagellated Bacteria Acting as Natural and Hybrid Microrobots.