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Distributed autonomous morphogenesis in a self-assembling robotic system (2012)
Book Chapter
Liu, W., & Winfield, A. F. (2012). Distributed autonomous morphogenesis in a self-assembling robotic system. In R. Doursat, H. Sayama, & O. Michel (Eds.), Morphogenetic Engineering: Understanding Complex Systems, (89-113). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-33902-8_4

We present distributed morphogenesis control strategies in a swarm of robots able to autonomously assemble into 3D symbiotic organisms to perform specific tasks. Each robot in such a system can work autonomously, while teams of robots can self-assemb... Read More about Distributed autonomous morphogenesis in a self-assembling robotic system.

On fault tolerance and scalability of swarm robotic systems (2012)
Journal Article
Bjerknes, J. D., & Winfield, A. F. (2012). On fault tolerance and scalability of swarm robotic systems. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-32723-0_31

This paper challenges the common assumption that swarm robotic systems are robust and scalable by default. We present an analysis based on both reliability modelling and experimental trials of a case study swarm performing team work, in which failure... Read More about On fault tolerance and scalability of swarm robotic systems.

Self-assembly in heterogeneous modular robots (2012)
Presentation / Conference
Liu, W., & Winfield, A. F. (2012, November). Self-assembly in heterogeneous modular robots. Paper presented at International Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

This paper describes the distributed self-assembly of a multi-robot ‘organism’ from a swarm of autonomous heterogeneous modular mobile robots. A distributed self-assembly strategy based on a symbol sequence representation is proposed. Constructed fro... Read More about Self-assembly in heterogeneous modular robots.

Building safer robots: Safety driven control (2012)
Journal Article
Harper, C., Woodman, R., Winfield, A. F., Harper, C., & Fraser, M. (2012). Building safer robots: Safety driven control. International Journal of Robotics Research, 31(13), 1603-1626. https://doi.org/10.1177/0278364912459665

In recent years there has been a concerted effort to address many of the safety issues associated with physical human-robot interaction (pHRI). However, a number of challenges remain. For personal robots, and those intended to operate in unstructured... Read More about Building safer robots: Safety driven control.

Towards temporal verification of swarm robotic systems (2012)
Journal Article
Dixon, C., Winfield, A. F., Fisher, M., & Zeng, C. (2012). Towards temporal verification of swarm robotic systems. Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 60(11), 1429-1441. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.robot.2012.03.003

A robot swarm is a collection of simple robots designed to work together to carry out some task. Such swarms rely on the simplicity of the individual robots; the fault tolerance inherent in having a large population of identical robots; and the self-... Read More about Towards temporal verification of swarm robotic systems.

Open Science: A New "Trust Technology"? (2012)
Journal Article
Grand, A., Wilkinson, C., Bultitude, K., & Winfield, A. F. (2012). Open Science: A New "Trust Technology"?. Science Communication, 34(5), 679-689. https://doi.org/10.1177/1075547012443021

The emerging practice of open science, which makes the entire process of a scientific investigation available, could extend membership of the research community to new, public audiences, who do not have access to science's long-established trust mech... Read More about Open Science: A New "Trust Technology"?.

It feels like the right thing to do: Ethical perspectives of open science (2012)
Book Chapter
Grand, A., Wilkinson, C., Bultitude, K., & Winfield, A. F. (2012). It feels like the right thing to do: Ethical perspectives of open science. In B. Trench, & M. Bucchi (Eds.), Quality, Honesty and Beauty in Science and Technology Communication PCST 2012 Book of Papers, (315-318). Observa Science in Society

Environment-driven distributed evolutionary adaptation in a population of autonomous robotic agents (2012)
Journal Article
Bredeche, N., Montanier, J. M., Liu, W., & Winfield, A. F. (2012). Environment-driven distributed evolutionary adaptation in a population of autonomous robotic agents. Mathematical and Computer Modelling of Dynamical Systems, 18(1), 101-129. https://doi.org/10.1080/13873954.2011.601425

This article is concerned with a fixed-size population of autonomous agents facing unknown, possibly changing, environments. The motivation is to design an embodied evolutionary algorithm that can cope with the implicit fitness function hidden in the... Read More about Environment-driven distributed evolutionary adaptation in a population of autonomous robotic agents.

Emergent swarm morphology control of wireless networked mobile robots (2012)
Book Chapter
Winfield, A. F., & Nembrini, J. (2012). Emergent swarm morphology control of wireless networked mobile robots. In R. Doursat, H. Sayama, & O. Michel (Eds.), Morphogenetic Engineering, (239-271). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-33902-8_10

We describe a new class of decentralised control algorithms that link local wireless connectivity to low-level robot motion control in order to maintain both swarm aggregation and connectivity, which we term “coherence”, in unbounded space. We invest... Read More about Emergent swarm morphology control of wireless networked mobile robots.