Adaptive reconfiguration of a modular robot through heterogeneous inter-module connections

Masahiro Shimizu, Takuma Kato, Max Lungarella, Akio Ishiguro

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Abstract

Modular robots are mechatronic systems that can rearrange their connectivity to create new topologies to accomplish diverse tasks. In previous work, we have studied a modular reconfigurable robot (Slimebot) characterized by a spontaneous inter-module connection control mechanism. The modules of Slimebot connect to each other via a functional material which satisfies physical coupling between the ones. Here, we investigate the effect of heterogeneous inter-module coupling strengths on the adaptivity of Slimebot (here measured in terms of structural stability and locomotive speed). Simulation results show that a certain amount of heterogeneity improves the adaptivity of the system compared to the case of homogeneous modules. The only assumption that needs to be satisfied by the system with heterogeneous couplings is compliance to Steinberg's energy minimization theory.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2008 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2008
Pages3527-3532
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event2008 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2008 - Pasadena, CA, United States
Duration: 2008 May 192008 May 23

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
ISSN (Print)1050-4729

Other

Other2008 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2008
CountryUnited States
CityPasadena, CA
Period08/5/1908/5/23

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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