7 July 2014

BBC Radio 4 - Frontiers: Swarming Robots


John Innes Centre scientists Veronica Grieneisen and Samantha Fox, appeared on BBC Radio 4's weekly science show Frontiers, to discuss how understanding cell organisation and development influence research into developing swarm robots.

The episode of Frontiers, titled Swarming Robots, featured Samantha Fox, from the Coen Lab at the John Innes Centre, commenting on the nature of individual leaf cells,and their ability to decide the best approach for growth and development individually, based on their position within the leaf.

Ultimately, Dr Grieneisen, who is a Project Leader in the Swarm-Organ project and leads the e fforts of developing swarms that can change patterning according to environmental stimuli, is hoping to translate such understanding of the physical and chemical triggers for plant growth into new, useful approaches to robot design.

 

Snapshot of swarm dynamics simulation showing trajectories and individual states;  This Robot simulator is developed within the Grieneisen Lab with the Head of Scientific Computing Dr. Matthew Hartley, in collaboration with the SwarmOrgan Consortium. Snapshot of swarm dynamics simulation showing trajectories and individual states; This Robot simulator is developed within the Grieneisen Lab with the Head of Scientific Computing Dr. Matthew Hartley, in collaboration with the SwarmOrgan Consortium.

 

Importantly, the Grieneisen Lab will study how the genetic regulatory networks which guide the decision processes of plant cells to differentiate tissue types (See 'Flip-flop' switch discovered behind key cellular process - August 2012), according to environmental and hormonal cues, can be exploited to make swarms which are more adaptable to environmental changes and robust to internal damage, noisy signals and conflicting cues.

Listen to the full episode of Frontiers: Swarming Robots, at BBC.co.uk

The section featuring Veronica Grieneisen and Samantha Fox starts at approx. 11 minutes.

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