Handbook of Collective Robotics

Handbook of Collective Robotics: Fundamentals and Challenges

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  • Practical and user-friendly textbook that can be adopted for introductory undergraduate courses in robotics, materials science, and engineering
  • Offers numerous interesting, well-illustrated, and recent examples from the authors’ research work
  • Not only represents a deep treatment of the current state-of-the-art, including new fields of nano-, chemo-, and bacterial robotics but also provides a common picture of various collective systems

Summary

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

Introduction to Collective Robotics: Reliability, Flexibility, and Scalability, Serge Kernbach
The Swarm-Bot Experience: Strength and Mobility Through Physical Cooperation, Roderich Groß, Rehan O’Grady, Anders Lyhne Christensen, and Marco Dorigo
Architectures and Control of Networked Robotic Systems, Nikolaus Correll and Daniela Rus
Cooperative Robotics In Robocup Soccer Is Not Just Playing a Game, Andrea Bonarini
Evolving Collective Control, Cooperation and Distributed Cognition, Vito Trianni and Stefano Nolfi
Reliability and Fault Tolerance in Collective Robot Systems, Lynne E. Parker
Collective Reconfigurable Systems: Fundamentals of Self-reconfiguration Planning, Feili Hou and Wei-Min Shen
Large-Scale Experiments in Aggregation and Self-Assembly, Gregory Mermoud, Amanda Prorok, Loıc Matthey, Chris Cianci, Nikolaus Correll, and Alcherio Martinoli
Bio-Mimetic and Bio-Inspired Design of Collective Systems, Thomas Schmickl, Karl Crailsheim, Jean-Louis Deneubourg, and Jose Halloy
Improving the Scalability of Collective Systems, Serge Kernbach
Collective Foraging: Cleaning, Energy Harvesting and Trophallaxis, Alan F. T. Winfield, Serge Kernbach, and Thomas Schmickl
Individual, Social and Evolutionary Adaptation in Collective Systems, Evert Haasdijk, A. E. Eiben, and Alan F. T. Winfield
Replicators: From Molecules to Organisms, Istvan Zachar, Adam Kun, Chrisantha Fernando, and Eors Szathmary
Developmental Collective Robotics: Advantages and Challenges of Unbounded Self-Development, Serge Kernbach
A General Methodology for the Control of Mixed Natural Artificial Societies, Francesco Mondada, Jose Halloy, Alcherio Martinoli, Nikolaus Correll, Alexey Gribovskiy, Gregory Sempo, Roland Siegwart, and Jean-Louis Deneubourg
Underwater Robot Swarms: Challenges and Opportunities, Navinda Kottege, Felix Schill, Alexander Bahr, and Uwe R. Zimmer
Aerial Collective Systems, Jean-Christophe Zufferey, Sabine Hauert, Timothy Stirling, Severin Leven, James Roberts, and Dario Floreano
Collective Systems in Space and for Planetary Explorations, Dario Izzo, Christos Ampatzis, and Tobias Seidl
Nanorobotics: A Perspective, Aristides A. G. Requicha
Minimalistic Large-Scale Micro-Robotic Systems, Oliver Scholz, Angel Dieguez, and Paolo Corradi
Chemical Swarm Robots, Peter Grancic and Frantisek Stepanek
Performing Collective Tasks with Flagellated Bacteria Acting as Natural and Hybrid Microrobots, Sylvain Martel

Editor Bio(s)

Serge Kernbach is the head of the collective robotics group at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He graduated in electronic engineering and computer science in 1994. During 1996–1998, he received several research grants. In 2007 his doctoral thesis won the faculty award as the best dissertation of the year. Since 2004, he has been a coordinator of several European research projects on the field of collective robotics. Kernbach’s main research interest is focused on artificial collective systems. He is the author and coauthor of over 100 articles in international journals and conferences and has edited a few books related to robotics. Since 2000, he has acquired for IPVS more than €3.5M in various research projects.

 
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