EPSRC logo

Details of Grant 

EPSRC Reference: GR/R31225/01
Title: Control of Robot Navigation by Active Nonlinear Media
Principal Investigator: Adamatzky, Professor A
Other Investigators:
Ratcliffe, Professor N Melhuish, Professor C
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Department: Faculty of Environment and Technology
Organisation: University of the West of England
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 October 2001 Ends: 31 March 2005 Value (£): 181,404
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Artificial Intelligence Image & Vision Computing
Intelligent & Expert Systems Optical Devices & Subsystems
Robotics & Autonomy VLSI Design
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Electronics Information Technologies
Related Grants:
Panel History:  
Summary on Grant Application Form
This interdisciplinary project will look at computing abilities of reaction-diffusion active chemical media as applied to a problem of guiding mobile robots toward a target. A design of the chemical controller will explore basic features of space-time dynamic of travelling waves, generation and specific of wave interaction. The aim of the study is to explore an ability of reaction-diffusion media to conduct information processing with parallel input-output interface and unreliable elementary computing processors (micro-volumes). Our main objective is to develop a reaction-diffusion processor specialised in guiding a mobile robot toward a specified target. The nature of reaction-diffusion computing allows its fast and reliable implementation in both conventional VLSI massively parallel processors and mono-molecular arrays at nano-level. The research aims to build a theoretical and material basis for fabrication of hybrid silicon-molecular micro-machines, which utilise principles of massively parallel reactiondiffusion computing. Therefore laboratory experiments with real robots and real chemical processors are important not only for validating theoretical ideas but constructing laboratory infrastructure for future research. The results of the project will be beneficial for academics and industrialists working with evolvable hardware, design of biological and bio-molecular computing devices and chemistry-inspired algorithms. The project involves a collaboration between experts in physical chemistry, computer science and robotics. The research team comprises renowned experts in autonomous robotic systems and smart chemical materials.
Key Findings
This information can now be found on Gateway to Research (GtR) http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk
Potential use in non-academic contexts
This information can now be found on Gateway to Research (GtR) http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk
Impacts
Description This information can now be found on Gateway to Research (GtR) http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk
Summary
Date Materialised
Sectors submitted by the Researcher
This information can now be found on Gateway to Research (GtR) http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk
Project URL:  
Further Information:  
Organisation Website: http://www.uwe.ac.uk