Cognitive Systems Monographs

The Playful Machine

Theoretical Foundation and Practical Realization of Self-Organizing Robots

Authors: Der, Ralf, Martius, Georg

  • This work opens a new field of research
  • The reader learns everything about the self-organization of behavior in robots that is known today
  • A simulation software enables the reader to make immediately contact with the applications and provides the him with the tools to start developing its own variations and ideas quickly
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Autonomous robots may become our closest companions in the near future. While the technology for physically building such machines is already available today, a problem lies in the generation of the behavior for such complex machines. Nature proposes a solution: young children and higher animals learn to master their complex brain-body systems by playing. Can this be an option for robots? How can a machine be playful? The book provides answers by developing a general principle---homeokinesis, the dynamical symbiosis between brain, body, and environment---that is shown to drive robots to self- determined, individual development in a playful and obviously embodiment- related way: a dog-like robot starts playing with a barrier, eventually jumping or climbing over it; a snakebot develops coiling and jumping modes; humanoids develop climbing behaviors when fallen into a pit, or engage in wrestling-like scenarios when encountering an opponent. The book also develops guided self-organization, a new method that helps to make the playful machines fit for fulfilling tasks in the real world.

The book provides two levels of presentation. Students and scientific researchers interested in the field of robotics, self-organization and dynamical systems theory may be satisfied by the in-depth mathematical analysis of the principle, the bootstrapping scenarios, and the emerging behaviors. But the book additionally comes with a robotics simulator inviting also the non- scientific reader to simply enjoy the fabulous world of playful machines by performing the numerous experiments.

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“Stressed on robots, the book presents the new tendencies of self-evaluation, self-organization and control of different type of technical systems, including the cognitive control theory as a new control language. The book is intended for students and researchers interested in self-organization on both the practical and theoretical level. … The book can be also a source for courses, which can be part of the academic program of electrical, control and computer science departments.” (Clementina Mladenova, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1243, 2012)


Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Der, Ralf (et al.)

    Pages 1-8

  • Self-Organization in Nature and Machines

    Der, Ralf (et al.)

    Pages 9-21

  • The Sensorimotor Loop

    Der, Ralf (et al.)

    Pages 23-58

  • Principles of Self-Regulation — Homeostasis

    Der, Ralf (et al.)

    Pages 59-74

  • A General Approach to Self-Organization — Homeokinesis

    Der, Ralf (et al.)

    Pages 75-106

Buy this book

eBook $149.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-20253-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $189.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-20252-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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  • low-cost access
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Playful Machine
Book Subtitle
Theoretical Foundation and Practical Realization of Self-Organizing Robots
Authors
Series Title
Cognitive Systems Monographs
Series Volume
15
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-20253-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-20253-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-20252-0
Series ISSN
1867-4925
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 335
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