Interactive & Emergent Autonomy Lab

''A Robot Made of Robots...'' published in Science Robotics

September 18, 2019

A supersmarticle

Individually immotile smarticles are able to collectively locomote.

This month’s issue of Science Robotics contains our paper on understanding the challenges and difficuties of stochastic robotic collectives. Tommy Berrueta and Ana Pervan collaborated with physicists from Dan Goldman’s lab at Georgia Tech to study a system of smarticles which together make up a robot made out of robots—a supersmarticle—and develop a means of controlling the system by understanding the symmetries between their interactions.

A robot made of robots: emergent transport and control of a smarticle ensemble
W. Savoie, T. A. Berrueta, Z. Jackson, A. Pervan, R. Warkentin, S. Li, T. D. Murphey, K. Wiesenfeld, and D. I. Goldman
Science Robotics, vol. 4, no. 34, 2019. Paper