Physicomimetics: Physics-Based Swarm Intelligence

This is the home page for the book on physicomimetics for swarm research. As opposed to biomimetics, which draws inspiration from biological metaphors (such as particle swarm optimization and ant colony optimization), physicomimetics draws inspiration from physics-based metaphors. Advantages of this novel approach include (a) enormous robustness in the face of individual component failure, as well as sensor and actuator noise, (b) scalability to a large number of components due to local interactions, (c) minimal sensor requirements, (d) amenability to the full gamut of physics-based analyses and theory, and (e) the potential to be designed and engineered from first principles. This book includes introductory chapters that use simple graphical simulations to teach elementary concepts in physics suitable for junior and senior high school students, as well as advanced topics suitable for graduate study. The book represents the culmination of 12 years of work by numerous researchers in the field. This web site contains supplemental material, including simulation code, simulation videos, and videos of real robots. 

Book Cover Physicomimetics
Editors: William M. Spears and Diana F. Spears
Publisher Springer Berlin Heidelberg
DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-22804-9
Copyright 2011
ISBN(Online) 978-3-642-22804-9
ISBN(Print) 978-3-642-22803-2