Special Issue: Swarm robotics for morphogenetic engineering
Dr. Allen McBride
University of North Carolina, Greensboro, USA
In nature, biological morphogenesis serves as a flexible, scalable, and robust means for a developing embryo to self-organize complex, self-healing, three-dimensional structures. Morphogenetic engineering seeks to harness these beneficial properties in designed artifacts. Applications could include advances in additive manufacturing, smart materials, adaptive buildings, neuromorphic processors, and reconfigurable robots. Possible medical applications include implanted devices, prosthetics, and surgical tools.
This special issue focuses on the intersection between swarm robotics and morphogenetic engineering. Robot swarms involve large numbers of small, similar mobile robots with useful emergent behavior. Although the driving biological metaphor behind swarm robotics is the insect swarm, there is also a natural analogy between component robots and the cells that make up a tissue in a developing embryo.
This special issue welcomes research grounded in either morphogenetic engineering or swarm robotics, in the hope that both fields can benefit from the exchange of ideas. For example, techniques for coordinating drone swarms can be useful in coordinating artificial cells, and vice-versa. Relevant research grounded in artificial life or amorphous computing may also be appropriate. Results may be simulated, physically instantiated, or theoretical. In addition to original research, review papers are welcome.
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