Collision-free path planning in the Belousov-Zhabotinsky medium assisted by a cellular automaton
Adamatzky, A. and de Lacy Costello, B. (2002) Collision-free path planning in the Belousov-Zhabotinsky medium assisted by a cellular automaton. Naturwissenschaften, 89 (10). pp. 474-478. ISSN 1432-1904 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/5923
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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00114-002-0363-6
The paper details a novel experimental approach to utilising the BZ reaction to compute the shortest collision free path through a number of obstacles. Natural excitation wave dynamics are harnessed in order to simulate and partially solve the computation in parallel - finally by coupling to a reaction diffusion inspired CA model the shortest path can be computed. This hybrid chemical/software based approach utilising a wave based computing architecture is highly novel. The article was published in a general science journal showing that the field of chemical computing is a subject relevant and of interest to a wide cross-section of scientific researchers.