Droplets As Liquid Robots

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

研究成果: Review article

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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.

ジャーナルArtificial Life
出版物ステータスPublished - 2017 11 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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    Čejková, J., Banno, T., Hanczyc, M. M., & Štěpánek, F. (2017). Droplets As Liquid Robots. Artificial Life, 23(4), 528-549. https://doi.org/10.1162/ARTL_a_00243