Cussat-Blanc, Sylvain and Pollack, Jordan (2014) Cracking the Egg: Virtual Embryogenesis of Real Robots. Artificial Life, 20 (3). pp. 361-383.

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Identification Number : 10.1162/ARTL_a_00136


All multicellular living beings are created from a single cell. A developmental process, called embryogenesis, takes this first fertilized cell down a complex path of reproduction, migration and specialization into a complex organism adapted to its environment. In most cases, the first steps of the embryogenesis are taking place into a protected environment such as in an egg or in-utero. Starting from this observation, we propose a new approach to the generation of real robots, strongly inspired by living systems. Our robots are composed of tens of specialized cells, grown from a single cell using a bio-inspired virtual developmental process. Virtual cells, controlled by gene regulatory networks, divide, migrate and specialize to produce the robot’s body plan (morphology), and then the robot is manually built from this plan. Because the robot is as easy to assemble as LEGO, the building process could be easily automated.

Item Type: Article
Sub-title: Virtual Embryogenesis of Real Robots
Language: English
Date: July 2014
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Artificial embryogenesis, Modular robots, Gene regulatory networks, Body plans, Evolution
Divisions: Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2018 14:40
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2021 15:58
OAI Identifier: BibTeX_Cu2014.2
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