Title: Morphological computation and morphological control : steps toward a formal theory and applications
Authors : Füchslin, Rudolf Marcel
Dzyakanchuk, Andrej
Flumini, Dandolo
Hauser, Helmut
Hunt, Kenneth J.
Luchsinger, Rolf H.
Reller, Benedikt
Scheidegger, Stephan
Walker, Richard
Published in : Artificial Life
Volume(Issue) : 19
Issue : 1
Pages : 9
Pages to: 34
Publisher / Ed. Institution : MIT Press
Issue Date: 2013
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Analogue computation; Embodiment; Systems medicine; Prosthetics
Subject (DDC) : 004: Computer science
620: Engineering
Abstract: Morphological computation can be loosely defined as the exploitation of the shape, material properties, and physical dynamics of a physical system to improve the efficiency of a computation. Morphological control is the application of morphological computing to a control task. In its theoretical part, this article sharpens and extends these definitions by suggesting new formalized definitions and identifying areas in which the definitions we propose are still inadequate. We go on to describe three ongoing studies, in which we are applying morphological control to problems in medicine and in chemistry. The first involves an inflatable support system for patients with impaired movement, and is based on macroscopic physics and concepts already tested in robotics. The two other case studies (self-assembly of chemical microreactors; models of induced cell repair in radio-oncology) describe processes and devices on the micrometer scale, in which the emergent dynamics of the underlying physical system (e.g., phase transitions) are dominated by stochastic processes such as diffusion.
Departement: School of Engineering
Organisational Unit: Institute of Applied Mathematics and Physics (IAMP)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1162/ARTL_a_00079
ISSN: 1064-5462
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/3410
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