Artificial Neural Path Formation by Massive Microrobot Swarm
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Artificial morphogenesis uses processes inspired by embryology to control massive swarms of robots to assemble complex physical structures. This video shows several simulated applications of a modified flocking algorithm for collision-free routing of neural fiber bundles from origins to destinations. Flocks follow an increasing gradient of an attractant morphogen diffusing from the destination. Existing paths either emit a repelling morphogen or absorb the attractant, thus steering flocks around them. Treating flocks as continuous masses facilitates scaling to arbitrarily large flocks of microrobots.
MacLennan, Bruce J., "Artificial Neural Path Formation by Massive Microrobot Swarm" (2022). Faculty Publications and Other Works -- EECS.