EcoBot-II: An artificial agent with a natural metabolism

Ieropoulos, I., Melhuish, C., Greenman, J. and Horsfield, I. (2005) EcoBot-II: An artificial agent with a natural metabolism. Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, 2 (4). pp. 295-300. ISSN 1729-8806 Available from:

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Additional Information:This paper reports on the results of experiments carried out with the world's first robot to exhibit a crude form of autonomy conducted by a team of roboticists and micro-biologists. This represents a unique original thread of research since it explores the generation of power for a robot from bacterial cultures feeding on unrefined biomass (dead insects) in the anodic chamber with free atmospheric oxygen with the cathode. It has attracted the attention of the national and international media and the London Science Museum. The paper contributed to further European funding to develop a robot capable of ingestion and egestion. The paper is used in the teaching of robotics degree courses and the work will form part of a chapter of a US authored book reviewing MFCs.
Uncontrolled Keywords:energy autonomy, microbial fuel cells, artificial symbiosis, oxygen cathodes, sewage sludge
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology > Department of Engineering Design and Mathematics
ID Code:5896
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Deposited On:22 Jan 2010 15:10
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