Experimental implementation of mobile robot taxis with on board Belousov-Zhabotinsky chemical medium

Adamatzky, A., de Lacy Costello, B., Melhuish, C. and Ratcliffe, N. M. (2004) Experimental implementation of mobile robot taxis with on board Belousov-Zhabotinsky chemical medium. Materials Science and Engineering: C, 24 (4). pp. 541-548. ISSN 0928-4931 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/20636

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.msec.2004.02.002

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We discuss the first-ever experimental realization of the onboard excitable chemical controller for stimulus-guided navigation of mobile robots. We demonstrate that the Belousov–Zhabotinsky (BZ) reaction in the form of an onboard thin layer chemical reactor can be used to execute primitive forms of positive taxis. To dynamically shape the robot's motion trajectory in an experimental arena, we stimulate a marginal part of the BZ reactor with silver and analyse snapshots of the spatial excitation dynamics. In the paper, we offer an experimental set-up, including algorithms and interfacing, for an on-board chemical robotic controller, which contributes to the fields of non-classical computation, nonlinear physics, and unconventional robotics.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:mobile robot, onboard Belousov–Zhabotinsky chemical medium, taxis
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences > Department of Applied Sciences
ID Code:20636
Deposited By: S. Shepherd
Deposited On:11 Jul 2013 14:21
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