Symbiotic Multi-Robot Organisms

Reliability, Adaptability, Evolution

  • Paul Levi
  • Serge Kernbach

Part of the Cognitive Systems Monographs book series (COSMOS, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
  2. Paul Levi, Serge Kernbach
    Pages 1-4
  3. Paul Levi, Serge Kernbach
    Pages 5-77
  4. Paul Levi, Serge Kernbach
    Pages 79-163
  5. Paul Levi, Serge Kernbach
    Pages 165-228
  6. Paul Levi, Serge Kernbach
    Pages 229-336
  7. Paul Levi, Serge Kernbach
    Pages 435-435
  8. Back Matter

About this book


This book is devoted to the study of the evolution of self-organised multicellular structures and the remarkable transition from unicellular to multicellular life. Multicellular organisms provide the inspiration for the development of novel principles of adaptation and evolution for robotics and, in particular, for so-called multi-robot organisms. Multi-robot organisms are defined as large-scale swarms of robots that can physically dock with each other and symbiotically share energy and computational resources within a single "artificial-life-form". When it is advantageous to do so, these robots can dynamically aggregate and self-assemble into one or many symbiotic organisms in order to collectively interact with the physical world via a variety of sensors and actuators. Bio-inspired evolutionary paradigms, combined with robot embodiment and swarm-emergent phenomena, enable the organisms to autonomously manage their own hardware and software organisation. In this way, artificial robotic organisms become self-configuring from both hardware and software perspectives. This could lead to not only extremely adaptive, evolve-able and scalable robotic systems, but robot organisms also able to reprogram themselves without human supervision and new, previously unforeseen, functionality to emerge. This book introduces new concepts for symbiotic robot organisms and reports on experience of researching and developing such systems. In the long term it is intended to apply this experience in the construction and maintenance of real-world technical systems based on these concepts.


Embodied Cognition Sensor Fusion Symbiotic Robotics Transit actuator adaptive control autonom control evolution intelligence learning robot robotics sensor sensors

Authors and affiliations

  • Paul Levi
    • 1
  • Serge Kernbach
    • 1
  1. 1.Universität StuttgartGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-11691-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-11692-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1867-4925
  • Series Online ISSN 1867-4933
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