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Dr Themis Prodromakis

University of Southampton
Nano Group, Southampton Nanofabrication Centre
Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK
+44 (0)23 8059 8803

Workshop on Unconventional Approaches to Robotics, Automation and Control Inspired by Nature

When 10 May, 2013
Where Karlsruhe, Germany
Contact Name Ella Gale
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Workshop Overview

Classical approaches in control cannot cope with real world conditions and the need for massive parallelism; hence novel control methods are needed. Good candidates are the so-called unconventional computing methods, where biological and biologically-inspired methods, primarily from the cellular/bacterial level, are exploited for their natural parallelism to tackle computational complexity, while unconventional hardware, i.e. slime mold, biological computers, BZ reactions, is used as a novel physical layer exploring the same natural features.

Natural biological and chemical systems offer a wealth of ideas for how to solve such problems, as do unconventional approaches that have been proven to model biological systems well, such as memristors and cellular automata. Recent success in biomimetics using unconventional approaches could revolutionise robotic hardware and control. This workshop will present the current state of the art in unconventional computing approaches: i.e. memristors, biological and neuromorphic systems, excitable media and cellular automata, and demonstrate how these can be implemented for robot control.

The workshop will bring together researchers from around the world who are working with alternative computational methods and are applying their results in the context of robotics and automation. Also, researchers not involved with unconventional computing will benefit by having the opportunity to come in contact with the most exciting results on the field that can be applied to their own research. The aim would be to establish a common understanding about the state of the field and draw a road map on where the research is heading, highlight the issues and discuss the possible solutions.

Topics of Interest

- Memristor / memristive systems

- Chemical inspired / chemical systems

- Bioinspired / biological systems including neuromorphic architectures

- Cellular automata architectures

- Other areas of unconventional computing applied to control, robotics and automation

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