HYDRA: From cellular biology to shape-changing artefacts

Esben H. Østergaard, David Johan Christensen, Peter Eggenberger, Tim Taylor

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The HYDRA work provides insight into the exploitation of holistic behavioural and morphological adaptation in the design of new artefacts. The potential of the new design principle has been exemplied through the construction of robotic systems that can change morphology. Two prototype building block systems has been developed, HYDRON for a uid scenario, and ATRON for a terrestrial scenario. In the HYDRON case, the individual module can perform 3D motion and is able to arrange in clusters of specic formation without the necessity of physical connections. In the ATRON case, the modules are individually simpler, attach through physical connections, and perform 3D motions by collective actions. Control mechanisms identied from cellular biology has been successfully transferred to the physical building blocks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Artificial Neural Networks
Publication date2005
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Artificial Neural Networks - Warsaw, Poland
Duration: 1 Jan 2005 → …


ConferenceInternational Conference on Artificial Neural Networks
CityWarsaw, Poland
Period01/01/2005 → …


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