Mattia Frasca

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In this paper, dynamical systems made up of locally coupled nonlinear units are used to control the locomotion of bio-inspired robots and, in particular, a simulation of an insect-like hexapod robot. These controllers are inspired by the biological paradigm of central pattern generators and are responsible for generating a locomotion gait. A general(More)
We introduce a new methodology and experimental implementations for real-time wave-based robot navigation in a complex, dynamically changing environment. The main idea behind the approach is to consider the robot arena as an excitable medium, in which moving objects—obstacles and the target—are represented by sites of autowave generation: the target(More)
We address the problem of how the survival of cooperation in a social system depends on the motion of the individuals. Specifically, we study a model in which prisoner's dilemma players are allowed to move in a two-dimensional plane. Our results show that cooperation can survive in such a system provided that both the temptation to defect and the velocity(More)
Memristors are gaining increasing attention as next generation electronic devices. They are also becoming commonly used as fundamental blocks for building chaotic circuits, although often arbitrary (typically piece-wise linear or cubic) flux-charge characteristics are assumed. In this paper, a chaotic circuit based on the mathematical realistic model of the(More)
We study phase synchronization in a network motif with a starlike structure in which the central node's (the hub's) frequency is strongly detuned against the other peripheral nodes. We find numerically and experimentally a regime of remote synchronization (RS), where the peripheral nodes form a phase synchronized cluster, while the hub remains free with its(More)
We consider a set of mobile agents in a two dimensional space, each one of them carrying a chaotic oscillator, and discuss the related synchronization issues under the framework of time-variant networks. In particular, we show that, as far as the time scale for the motion of the agents is much shorter than that of the associated dynamical systems, the(More)
This paper presents an innovative wormlike robot controlled by cellular neural networks (CNNs) and made of an ionic polymer-metal composite (IPMC) self-actuated skeleton. The IPMC actuators, from which it is made of, are new materials that behave similarly to biological muscles. The idea that inspired the work is the possibility of using IPMCs to design(More)
This paper investigates the problem of the design and the implementation of time-delay chaotic circuits. A simple feedback scheme consisting of a nonlinearity, a first-order RC circuit and a delay block has been fixed and a procedure to design the characteristics of these blocks in order to obtain chaotic dynamics has been introduced. A series of Bessel(More)