Flexible coordination of flexible limbs: Decentralized control scheme for inter- And intra-limb coordination in brittle stars' locomotion

Takeshi Kano, Daichi Kanauchi, Tatsuya Ono, Hitoshi Aonuma, Akio Ishiguro

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Abstract

Conventional mobile robots have difficulties adapting to unpredictable environments or performing adequately after undergoing physical damages in realtime operation, unlike animals. We address this issue by focusing on brittle stars, an echinoderm related to starfish. Most brittle stars have five flexible arms, and they can coordinate among the arms (i.e., inter-arm coordination) as well as the many bodily degrees of freedom within each arm (i.e., intra-arm coordination). They can move in unpredictable environments while promptly adapting to those, and to their own physical damages (e.g., arm amputation). Our previous work focused on the inter-arm coordination by studying trimmed-arm brittle stars. Herein, we extend our previous work and propose a decentralized control mechanism that enables coupling between the inter-arm and intra-arm coordination. We demonstrate via simulations and real-world experiments with a brittle star-like robot that the behavior of brittle stars when they are intact and undergoing shortening or amputation of arms can be replicated.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104
JournalFrontiers in Neurorobotics
Volume13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Brittle star
  • Decentralized control
  • Inter-limb coordination
  • Intra-limb coordination
  • Resilience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence

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