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Designing and analyzing self-organizing systems such as robotic swarms is a challenging task even though we have complete knowledge about the robot’s interior. It is difficult to determine the individual robot’s behavior based on the swarm behavior and vice versa due to the high number of agent–agent interactions. A step towards a solution of this problem(More)
The traditional computational devices and models, such as the von Neumann architecture or the Turing machine, are strongly influenced by concepts of central control and perfection. The standard models of computation seem to cover the reality of computation only partially and lack, in particular, in the ability to describe more natural forms of computation.(More)
Sonography is an integral part of primary tumor diagnosis and follow-up for the great majority of organ systems. However, its value in the field of space-occupying processes of the locomotor system, especially of malignant bone tumors, has mostly been underestimated. The sonographic examination has to investigate the whole tumor region and the corresponding(More)
The application of robots in the same workspace with humans results, intended or unintended, in direct mechanical interaction. This requires additional sensory abilities of the robots. Besides sensor systems that help the robots to structure their environment, like cameras, radar sensors, etc., a sensor system on the robot’s surface is needed that is able(More)
This paper presents a novel approach for haptic object recognition with an anthropomorphic robot hand. Firstly, passive degrees of freedom are introduced to the tactile sensor system of the robot hand. This allows the planar tactile sensor patches to optimally adjust themselves to the object's surface and to acquire additional sensor information for shape(More)
This paper presents the goals and the research approach of the project DodOrg (Digital On-demand Computing Organism for Real-Time Systems) within the Priority Programme “1183 Organic Computing”. The main goal of the project is the development of a biologically motivated computing organism with the three levels “brain”, “organ” and “cell”. On the brain level(More)