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First Year Ph.D Report: Social Amoeba Dictyostelium Discoideum As an Inspiration for Swarm Robotics

Publication date2015
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Dictyostelium discoideum is a social amoeba exhibiting distinct self-organising behaviour at different phases of its life - signalling lack of food, recruiting partners to create a single super-organism (slug) and moving in a coordinated way. Its life cycle starts from aggregation phase, then after some transformation hundred of starved amoebae become a slug. Then, each slug orientates itself towards the light and temperature. Eventually, every slug culminates in a fruiting body consisting of a globule of spore cells on a slender stalk. These phases and their underlying mechanisms are excellent models that we will apply to swarms robotics, for studying their adaptation to changing environments. Although Dictyostelium discoideum behaviour models provide a promising research path, not all phases are currently clearly modelled. To elucidate this issue, we are studying, simulating and visualising some of the phases of the intercellular Dictyostelium discoideum activities most relevant for further application to swarm robotics.

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PARHIZKAR, Mohammad, DI MARZO SERUGENDO, Giovanna. First Year Ph.D Report: Social Amoeba Dictyostelium Discoideum As an Inspiration for Swarm Robotics. 2015
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