1st Edition

Handbook of Collective Robotics Fundamentals and Challenges

Edited By Serge Kernbach Copyright 2013
    962 Pages 40 Color & 227 B/W Illustrations
    by Jenny Stanford Publishing

    This book is devoted to mechatronic, chemical, bacteriological, biological, and hybrid systems, utilizing cooperative, networked, swarm, self-organizing, evolutionary and bio-inspired design principles and targeting underwater, ground, air, and space applications. It addresses issues such as open-ended evolution, self-replication, self-development, reliability, scalability, energy foraging, adaptivity, and artificial sociality. The book has been prepared by 52 authors from world-leading research groups in 14 countries. This book covers not only current but also future key technologies and is aimed at anyone who is interested in learning more about collective robotics and how it might affect our society.

    Introduction to Collective Robotics: Reliability, Flexibility, and Scalability, Serge Kernbach
    The Swarm-Bot Experience: Strength and Mobility Through Physical Cooperation, Roderich Groß, Rehan O’Grady, Anders Lyhne Christensen, and Marco Dorigo
    Architectures and Control of Networked Robotic Systems, Nikolaus Correll and Daniela Rus
    Cooperative Robotics In Robocup Soccer Is Not Just Playing a Game, Andrea Bonarini
    Evolving Collective Control, Cooperation and Distributed Cognition, Vito Trianni and Stefano Nolfi
    Reliability and Fault Tolerance in Collective Robot Systems, Lynne E. Parker
    Collective Reconfigurable Systems: Fundamentals of Self-reconfiguration Planning, Feili Hou and Wei-Min Shen
    Large-Scale Experiments in Aggregation and Self-Assembly, Gregory Mermoud, Amanda Prorok, Loıc Matthey, Chris Cianci, Nikolaus Correll, and Alcherio Martinoli
    Bio-Mimetic and Bio-Inspired Design of Collective Systems, Thomas Schmickl, Karl Crailsheim, Jean-Louis Deneubourg, and Jose Halloy
    Improving the Scalability of Collective Systems, Serge Kernbach
    Collective Foraging: Cleaning, Energy Harvesting and Trophallaxis, Alan F. T. Winfield, Serge Kernbach, and Thomas Schmickl
    Individual, Social and Evolutionary Adaptation in Collective Systems, Evert Haasdijk, A. E. Eiben, and Alan F. T. Winfield
    Replicators: From Molecules to Organisms, Istvan Zachar, Adam Kun, Chrisantha Fernando, and Eors Szathmary
    Developmental Collective Robotics: Advantages and Challenges of Unbounded Self-Development, Serge Kernbach
    A General Methodology for the Control of Mixed Natural Artificial Societies, Francesco Mondada, Jose Halloy, Alcherio Martinoli, Nikolaus Correll, Alexey Gribovskiy, Gregory Sempo, Roland Siegwart, and Jean-Louis Deneubourg
    Underwater Robot Swarms: Challenges and Opportunities, Navinda Kottege, Felix Schill, Alexander Bahr, and Uwe R. Zimmer
    Aerial Collective Systems, Jean-Christophe Zufferey, Sabine Hauert, Timothy Stirling, Severin Leven, James Roberts, and Dario Floreano
    Collective Systems in Space and for Planetary Explorations, Dario Izzo, Christos Ampatzis, and Tobias Seidl
    Nanorobotics: A Perspective, Aristides A. G. Requicha
    Minimalistic Large-Scale Micro-Robotic Systems, Oliver Scholz, Angel Dieguez, and Paolo Corradi
    Chemical Swarm Robots, Peter Grancic and Frantisek Stepanek
    Performing Collective Tasks with Flagellated Bacteria Acting as Natural and Hybrid Microrobots, Sylvain Martel


    Serge Kernbach is the head of the collective robotics group at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He graduated in electronic engineering and computer science in 1994. During 1996–1998, he received several research grants. In 2007 his doctoral thesis won the faculty award as the best dissertation of the year. Since 2004, he has been a coordinator of several European research projects on the field of collective robotics. Kernbach’s main research interest is focused on artificial collective systems. He is the author and coauthor of over 100 articles in international journals and conferences and has edited a few books related to robotics. Since 2000, he has acquired for IPVS more than €3.5M in various research projects.