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Cracking the egg : virtual embryogenesis of real robots

Cussat-Blanc, Sylvain and Pollack, Jordan Cracking the egg : virtual embryogenesis of real robots. (2014) Artificial Life, 20 (3). 361-383. ISSN 1064-5462

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1162/ARTL_a_00136

Abstract

All multicellular living beings are created from a single cell. A developmental process, called embryogenesis, takes this first fertilized cell down a complex path of reproduction, migration and specialization into a complex organism adapted to its environment. In most cases, the first steps of the embryogenesis are taking place into a protected environment such as in an egg or in-utero. Starting from this observation, we propose a new approach to the generation of real robots, strongly inspired by living systems. Our robots are composed of tens of specialized cells, grown from a single cell using a bio-inspired virtual developmental process. Virtual cells, controlled by gene regulatory networks, divide, migrate and specialize to produce the robot's body plan (morphology), and then the robot is manually built from this plan. Because the robot is as easy to assemble as LEGO, the building process could be easily automated.

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Institution:Other partners > Brandeis University (USA)
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Deposited On:29 Apr 2015 13:14

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