Organized motion control of a lot of microorganisms using visual feedback

Kiyonori Takahashi, Koichi Hashimoto, Naoko Ogawa, Hiromasa Oku

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Abstract

We propose a novel method to control a lot of microorganisms by using visual feedback for micro-robotic application. Our goal is to control a cluster of microorganisms as microscale smart robots for various applications, since microorganisms have efficient actuators and accurate sensors. Compared with single-cell level actuation methods proposed before, this method has the following advantages: (1) A cluster of microorganisms can cancel stochastic perturbations of behavior by taking the average; (2) A cluster of microorganisms can be more powerful than a single microorganism, and thus it can perform a variety of tasks. A visual feedback system is constructed to control cells using galvanotaxis (response to the electric field). Experimental results show the feasibility of visual feedback control of a paramecium cell cluster. In addition, Micro-manipulation of small objects by the cell cluster is also demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings 2006 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2006
Pages1408-1413
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Dec 27
Event2006 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2006 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: 2006 May 152006 May 19

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
Volume2006
ISSN (Print)1050-4729

Other

Other2006 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period06/5/1506/5/19

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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