Manipulating objects with gliders in cellular automata

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Georgilas, I. , Adamatzky, A. and Melhuish, C. (2012) Manipulating objects with gliders in cellular automata. In: International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE), Seoul, Korea, August 20 - 24, 2012., pp. 936-941 Available from:

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Micro-scale manipulation of objects is a growing requirement in specialised industries, especially those related to assembly of fragile micro-components. Widely implemented techniques in robotics and automation do not always cope with the delicate nature of the process. To improve the micro-scale manipulators we consider both hardware and software issues, and focus on designing massive-parallel embedded controllers for non-trivial actuating surfaces. This paper offers an initial insight on cellular automata (CA) gliders control of a smart surface. A brief presentation of the prototype hardware will be given along with a justification on the selection of manipulated objects. The formulation of the excitable CA lattice is presented and experimental data is analysed. The results support the capabilities of a fully distributed CA controlled massive parallel manipulation architecture.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: robotics, cellular automata, micro-scale manipulation of objects, gliders, control system synthesis, industrial manipulators, robotic assembly
Faculty/Department: Faculty of Environment and Technology > Department of Computer Science and Creative Technologies
Depositing User: Dr I. Georgilas
Date Deposited: 28 May 2013 14:05
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2018 18:01


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