Towards Morphological Flexibility: Modular Robotics and Bio-inspired Control

Heiko Hamann, Jürgen Stradner, Thomas Schmickl
Austrian Robotics Workshop (2012)

Abstract:

  As a contribution to the efforts towards robotic systems of higher
  flexibility we present our concept of morphologically dynamic
  robots. Within the projects SYMBRION and REPLICATOR, that focus on
  modular robotics, we have developed bio-inspired control techniques
  to achieve new concepts of dynamic, autonomous morphological
  structures. We propose three modes of coupling between robot
  modules: swarm, team, and organism mode. We demonstrate our concepts
  along with simple robot experiments.


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