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In RSS 2006 Workshop on Self-Reconfigurable Modular Robots

Jason D. Campbell and Padmanabhan Pillai

August, 2006

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@inproceedings{campbell-rss06,
  author = {Campbell, Jason D. and Pillai, Padmanabhan},
  title = {Collective Actuation},
  booktitle = {RSS 2006 Workshop on Self-Reconfigurable Modular
     Robots},
  venue = {Robotics: Science and Systems Workshop on
     Self-Reconfigurable Modular Robots},
  year = {2006},
  month = {August},
  keywords = {Actuation, Controlling Ensembles},
  url = {http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~claytronics/papers/campbell-rss06.pdf},
  abstract = {Modular robot designers confront an inherent tradeoff
     between size and power: Smaller, more numerous modules increase
     the adaptability of a given volume or mass of modules---allowing
     the aggregate robot to take on a wider variety of configurations
      but do so at the expense of the power and complexity of each
     module. Fewer, larger modules can incorporate more powerful
     actuators, more powerful bonds, and stronger hinges but at a cost
     of overspecializing the resulting robot in favor of
     correspond-ing uses. We describe a technique for coordinating the
     efforts of many tiny modules to achieve forces and movements
     be-yond those possible for individual modules. Our approach is
     predominantly applicable to spherical and cylindrical modules and
     their faceted counterparts, but may apply to some chain-style
     modular robot systems. Thus actuator capacity and range becomes a
     function of software and dynamic topology as well as of hardware.
     An important aspect of this technique is its ability to bend
     complex and large-scale structures and to realize the equivalent
     of large scale joints.},
}

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