EcoBot-III: A robot with guts

Ieropoulos, I., Greenman, J., Melhuish, C. and Horsfield, I. (2010) EcoBot-III: A robot with guts. In: Fellermann, H., Dörr, M., Hanczyc, M. M., Laursen, L. L., Maurer, S., Merkle, D., Monnard, P.-A., Stoy, K. and Rasmussen, S., eds. (2010) Artificial Life X: Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems. Massachusetts, USA: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press, pp. 733-740. Available from:

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This paper describes the work carried out to develop EcoBot- III, which is a robot with an artificial digestion system. The robot is powered by Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs) and it is designed to collect food and water from the environment, digest the collected food and at the end of the digestion cycle, egest the waste. EcoBot-III operated successfully for 7 days when fed with anaerobic or pasteurized sludge, before mechanical failure required human intervention. Work is ongoing to improve the mechanics and thus extend the artificial agent’s operational lifetime.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:energy autonomy, microbial fuel cells, robotics, energy harvesting
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences > Department of Applied Sciences
Faculty of Environment and Technology > Department of Engineering Design and Mathematics
ID Code:11971
Deposited By: Professor I. Ieropoulos
Deposited On:15 Dec 2010 14:41
Last Modified:16 Apr 2016 17:20

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