Year 1

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21st December, 2012

Literature Review

  • Suitable 3D printers

Project Work

  • Work on SynDev proposal
  • Work on Self-Reproduction Review Paper

Development

  • Designs for reverse engineering an existing reproductive system

Laboratory Activities

  • Assisting in big-arena multi camera setup

Ideas

Deliverable

22nd September, 2012

Literature Review

Project Work

  • Work on Self-Reproduction Review Paper

Development

  • Integration of shapes into Self-Assembly modeller

Laboratory Activities

Ideas

Deliverable

31st August, 2012

Literature Review

  • Evolvable Physical Self-Replicators, Virgo 2012
  • Some alternative reproductive strategies in artificial molecular machines, Laing 1975

Project Work

  • Work on Self-Reproduction Review Paper

Development

Laboratory Activities

  • Assist Gianpiero in procuring cabinets for robots in the arena

Ideas

Deliverable Advanced Studies Thesis due in April 2013

17th August, 2012

Literature Review

  • Self-reproduction in cellular automata, Langton 1984
  • Formal definition of self-reproductive systems. Luskha 2003

Project Work

  • Work on Self-Reproduction Review Paper

Development

  • Staged self-assembly simulation. Development of a self-assembly modeller in the ARGoS framework.
    • Tuning of parameters

Laboratory Activities

  • Assist Gianpiero in procuring cabinets for robots in the arena

Ideas

Deliverable FNRS scholarship proposal due in January 2013

29th June, 2012

Literature Review

  • Compiling reading list for Self-Reproduction Review Paper

Project Work

  • Drew skeleton for Self-Reproduction Review Paper

Development

  • Staged self-assembly simulation. Development of a self-assembly modeller in the ARGoS framework.
    • Tile integration rules introduced

Laboratory Activities

  • Assist Gianpiero in procuring cabinets for robots in the arena

Ideas

Deliverable


04th June, 2012

Literature Review

  • Self-Reproduction related papers

Project Work

  • Drew skeleton for Self-Reproduction Review Paper

Development

  • Staged self-assembly simulation. Development of a self-assembly modeller in the ARGoS framework.
    • Tile instance created and fundamental functions set up.

Laboratory Activities

  • Assist Gianpiero in procuring cabinets for robots in the arena

Ideas

  • Include different magnetic patterns on the tiles to examine how they will be developed

Deliverable Self Reproduction Review Paper [due October, first draft end of July(?)]


14th May, 2012

Literature Review

  1. Bhalla, Bentley. Staging the Self-Assembly Process: Inspiration from Biological Development [Manuscript]

Project Work

  • Initial designs of Staged Self-Assembly
  • Prepare presentation of literature review [completed]

Development

  • Staged self-assembly simulation

Laboratory Activities

  • Assist Gianpiero in drawing designs for cabinets for robots in the arena
  • Assist Touraj in setting up the Kilo-bots

Ideas Deliverable Present an introduction to Self-Reproduction

30th Apr, 2012

Literature Review

  1. Stephen Wolfram. New Kind of Science. [Chapters: 1 and 3]
  2. Pesavento, Umberto. An implementation of von Neumann's self-reproducing machine
  3. Zykov, Mytilinaios, Adams, Lipson. Self-reproducing machines.

Project Work

  • Prepare presentation of literature review [80% completed]

Development

  • Staged self-assembly review

Laboratory Activities

  • Assist Gianpiero in procurement of robot storage cabinets for the Arena

Ideas

  • Hand drawn sketch of 3D gear as an idea of machines capable of climbing one another in order to create a smart bridge over a gap.
  • Replication inspired by DNA strands and Genetic operations

Deliverable Present an introduction to Self-Reproduction early in May 2012

26th March, 2012

Literature Review

  1. Freitas and Merkle. Kinematic self-replicating machines. [Chapters: 1 and 2]
  2. Sipper. Book review of Kinematic self-replicating machines.
  3. Penrose and Penrose. A self-reproducing analogue. Nature.
  4. Penrose. Self-reproducing machines. Scientific American.
  5. Bhalla. Designing self-assembling systems via physically encoded information. PhD thesis. [Chapters: 1 and 2]

Project Work

  • Collect available videos and links of self assembling systems
  • Prepare presentation of literature review

Development

  • Extension of mini project: Add features to the virtual arena and make the robtos find them

Laboratory Activities

  • Testing of robots brought back from Lausanne
  • Testing new kernel:
    • Connects more reliably to the wifi
    • Hangs during operation of Nithin's script 'swarmorph'

Ideas

  • Baseline problem for robots to solve: crossing a bridge
  • 3D gear like entity which can create structures

Deliverable Present an introduction to Self-Reproduction early in May 2012

15th February, 2012

Literature Review File:Review 20120215.pdf‎

Development

  • Carlo has given me a mini project to work on to get me started on Argos. I am working on it.

Laboratory Activities

  • In the afternoon on Monday, I will take a look at the Footbots with Arne.
  • Alessandro and I have developed a rough plan for the setup of the camera network, we plan to start the execution this week.
  • Nithin and I have also initiated talks, and he wants to finalise a few issues before we continue.

Ideas

  • Using nuclear fission or fusion models to create multiple agents, but the concern is that these models are unlike biological evolved systems and are not adaptive, versatile or agile.
  • Study the evolution of dicarboxylic acids
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