A true-slime-mold-inspired fluid-filled robot exhibiting versatile behavior

Takuya Umedachi, Ryo Idei, Akio Ishiguro

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Behavioral diversity is one essential feature of living systems in order to exhibit adaptive behavior in hostile and dynamically changing environments. However, classical engineering approaches strive to avoid the behavioral diversity of artificial systems to achieve high performance in specific environments for given tasks. The goals of this research include understanding how living systems exhibit behavioral diversity and use these findings to build robots that exhibit truly adaptive behaviors. To this end, we have focused on an amoeba-like unicellular organism, i.e., the plasmodium of true slime mold. Despite the absence of a central nervous system, the plasmodium exhibits versatile spatiotemporal oscillatory patterns and switches spontaneously between the patterns. Inspired by this, we build a real physical robot that exhibits versatile oscillatory patterns and spontaneous transition between the patterns. The results are expected to shed new light on the design scheme for life-like robots that exhibit amazingly versatile and adaptive behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiomimetic and Biohybrid Systems - First International Conference, Living Machines 2012, Proceedings
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event1st International Conference on Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems, Living Machines 2012 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 2012 Jul 92012 Jul 12

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume7375 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference1st International Conference on Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems, Living Machines 2012


  • Behavioral Diversity
  • Biologically-Inspired Robot
  • Decentralized Control
  • Soft Actuator


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