Physicomimetics

Physics-Based Swarm Intelligence

Editors: Spears, William M., Spears, Diana F. (Eds.)

  • This book introduces and defines the term physicomimetics
  • The contributing authors are the leading researchers in this field
  • A supporting website offers supplementary material, including simulation code, simulation videos, and videos of working robots
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About this book

Standard approaches to understanding swarms rely on inspiration from biology and are generally covered by the term “biomimetics”. This book focuses on a different, complementary inspiration, namely physics. The editors have introduced the term 'physicomimetics' to refer to physics-based swarm approaches, which offer two advantages. First, they capture the notion that “nature is lazy', meaning that physics-based systems always perform the minimal amount of work necessary, which is an especially important advantage in swarm robotics. Second, physics is the most predictive science, and can reduce complex systems to simple concepts and equations that codify emergent behavior and help us to design and understand swarms. 

The editors consolidated over a decade of work on swarm intelligence and swarm robotics, organizing the book into 19 chapters as follows. Part I introduces the concept of swarms and offers the reader a physics tutorial; Part II deals with applications of physicomimetics, in order of increased complexity; Part III examines the hardware requirements of the presented algorithms and demonstrates real robot implementations; Part IV demonstrates how the theory can be used to design swarms from first principles and provides a novel algorithm that handles changing environments; finally, Part V shows that physicomimetics can be used for function optimization, moving the reader from issues of swarm robotics to swarm intelligence. The text is supported with a downloadable package containing simulation code and videos of working robots. 

This book is suitable for talented high school and undergraduate students, as well as researchers and graduate students in the areas of artificial intelligence and robotics.

About the authors

Dr. William Spears is the CEO of Swarmotics LLC, a company that provides consulting expertise in distributed agents, sensing networks, artificial intelligence, machine learning, optimization, and swarm robotics; he was formerly a professor in the Dept. of Computer Science at the University of Wyoming, Laramie. Dr. Diana Spears was a professor in the Dept. of Computer Science at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, and is currently a director of Swarmotics, LLC.

Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • Nature Is Lazy

    Spears, William M.

    Pages 3-25

  • NetLogo and Physics

    Spears, William M.

    Pages 27-53

  • NetLogo and Physicomimetics

    Spears, William M.

    Pages 55-92

  • Pushing the Envelope

    Spears, William M.

    Pages 93-125

  • Local Oriented Potential Fields: Self Deployment and Coordination of an Assembling Swarm of Robots

    Bravi, Andrea (et al.)

    Pages 129-144

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Hardcover $189.00
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-44863-8
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Physicomimetics
Book Subtitle
Physics-Based Swarm Intelligence
Editors
  • William M. Spears
  • Diana F. Spears
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-22804-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-22804-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-22803-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-44863-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXX, 646
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