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Robot Swarms in an Uncertain World

Posted 18 Jan 2006 at 20:11 UTC by steve Share This

"There is a belief that complexity and chaos are essential for adaptability. But life deals with complexity every moment, without the chaos that engineers fear so, by invoking goal-directed behaviour. Goals can be programmed. That is why living organisms give us hope to achieve adaptability in robots." Researchers Olga Bogatyreva and Alexandr Shillerov of the University of Bath Centre for Biomimetic and Natural Technologies have released a paper online titled Robot Swarms in an Uncertain World: Controllable Adaptability (PDF format). In the paper, they propose a top-down approach to achieving useful emergent behavior in robot swarms instead of relying on the bottom-up method where order emerges from chaos.

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