Morpho-functional Machines: The New Species

Designing Embodied Intelligence

  • Fumio Hara
  • Rolf Pfeifer
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Julian F. V. Vincent
    Pages 23-40
  3. Hiroshi Yokoi, Takashi Nagai, Takashi Ishida, Masaru Fujii, Takayuki Iida
    Pages 99-129
  4. Satoshi Murata, Eiichi Yoshida, Akiya Kamimura, Kohji Tomita, Haruhisa Kurokawa, Shigeru Kokaji
    Pages 167-193
  5. Sumiaki Ichikawa, Takehiro Miyamae, Fumio Hara
    Pages 195-215
  6. Josh C. Bongard, Rolf Pfeifer
    Pages 237-258
  7. Fumio Hara, Kohki Kikuchi
    Pages 259-286

About these proceedings


Morpho-functional Machines are a set of tools for investigating the design of embodied intelligence in autonomous bio-artifact systems. The focus in Morpho-functional Machines is on the balance of morphology, materials, and control; intelligent behavior emerges from the interaction of an autonomous system with a real-world environment. How, then, should body morphology, body materials, and sensory systems be designed to achieve a certain set of tasks or desired behaviors in a particular environment? This and other questions were addressed at the International Workshop on Morpho-functional Machines held in Tokyo in 2001. Collected here are the revised papers from the workshop, providing a new perspective for understanding embodied intelligence. Presenting the innovative concept of Morpho-functional Machines, this book is a valuable source for scientists and engineers working in ethnology, cognitive sciences, robotic engineering, and artificial intelligence.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Fumio Hara
    • 1
  • Rolf Pfeifer
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringTokyo University of ScienceTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Department of Information TechnologyUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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