Paolo Corradi

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The capability of grasping and lifting an object in a suitable, stable and controlled way is an outstanding feature for a robot, and thus far, one of the major problems to be solved in robotics. No robotic tools able to perform an advanced control of the grasp as, for instance, the human hand does, have been demonstrated to date. Due to its capital(More)
Cooperation and competition among stand - alone swarm agents can increase the collective fitness of the whole system. An interesting form of collective system is demonstrated by some bacteria and fungi, which can build symbiotic organisms. Symbiotic communities can enable new functional capabilities which allow all members to survive better in their(More)
The miniaturization of an autonomous robot requires the integration of components that not only need to satisfy strict spatial constraints, but also need to demonstrate useful functionalities and performance, while demanding low power. For miniaturized autonomous robots that aim at exploring unknown environments, sensors for navigation and for the(More)
In an attempt to compensate for their sessile nature, plants have developed growth responses to deal with the copious and rapid changes in their environment. The process by which plant roots expand in soil involves water uptake through osmosis and imbibition, and an overall increase in size by cell division. Each root apex has sensors to get information(More)
Rapid advancements of both microsystem technology and multi-agent systems have generated a new discipline, arising from the fusion of microrobotics technologies and of swarm intelligence theories. Microrobotics contributes with new capabilities in manipulating objects in the microscale and in developing miniaturized intelligent machines, while swarm(More)
Plants are organisms characterized by an aerial part and a root system. Plants have developed directional growth responses to deal with the copious and rapid changes in their environment in order to compensate for their sessile nature. The process by which plant roots expand in soil involves water uptake through osmosis and imbibition, and an overall(More)
T he integration of the Internet with telecom-munication networks promises a distributed computing infrastructure that provides globally available services. The Internet's diffusion permits an almost ubiquitous availability of attachment points, allowing users access to its information services irrespective of their location. In addition , advances in(More)
This paper describes the principles and theoretical investigations, supported by experimental measurements, aimed at designing and developing a novel mechatronic system for soil exploration, inspired by the apical part of the plant roots, named apex. Each single plant root has to move through the substrate, orienting itself along the gravity vector and(More)