A self-replicating programmable constructor in a kinematic simulation environment
Stevens, W. (2011) A self-replicating programmable constructor in a kinematic simulation environment. Robotica, 29 (1). pp. 153-176. ISSN 0263-5747 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/16079
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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1017/S0263574710000688
Cellular automata can model the information processing aspects of a self-replicating programmable constructing system (SRPC), but these models do not contain any notion of material parts and are poor at modeling features of a system that depend upon the motion and connectivity of its components. Physical systems with thousands of parts have the disadvantage that they are time consuming to develop. To overcome these limitations a simulation environment is presented at a level of abstraction that models motion and connectivity. An SRPC which takes a disorganised collection of parts as its input has been implemented in this environment.