Droplets As Liquid Robots

Jitka Čejková, Taisuke Banno, Martin M. Hanczyc, F. Štěpánek

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Abstract

Liquid droplets are very simple objects present in our everyday life. They are extremely important for many natural phenomena as well as for a broad variety of industrial processes. The conventional research areas in which the droplets are studied include physical chemistry, fluid mechanics, chemical engineering, materials science, and micro- A nd nanotechnology. Typical studies include phenomena such as condensation and droplet formation, evaporation of droplets, or wetting of surfaces. The present article reviews the recent literature that employs droplets as animated soft matter. It is argued that droplets can be considered as liquid robots possessing some characteristics of living systems, and such properties can be applied to unconventional computing through maze solving or operation in logic gates. In particular, the lifelike properties and behavior of liquid robots, namely (i) movement, (ii) self-division, and (iii) group dynamics, will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)528-549
Number of pages22
JournalArtificial Life
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Nov 1

Keywords

  • Droplet
  • Group dynamics
  • Movement
  • Robot
  • Self-division

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Artificial Intelligence

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