Paper Presentation & Seminar Topics: Beam Robotics and Nervous Networks

Beam Robotics and Nervous Networks

Abstract : (seminar) (Emerging Trends In Robotics) The field of ROBOTICS has been a fascination since the advent of computational technologies. To induce life into the robos, complex and powerful electronic components are required. Hence advance knowledge and great funds are required to build even small robots. These create hurdles to the beginners in this field. These hurdles can be overcome by adopting a new philosophy called BEAM ROBOTICS formulated by Mark. W. Tilden. Here minimal electronics are used and using solar power,miniature creatures are created first from which new prototypes can be evolved. Unlike conventional robos, which use costly microprocessor controlled architecture, these have interconnection of elementary circuits called NERVOUS NETWORKS. Here a reconfigurable central network oscillator is utilized for autonomous and independent operation of components. Further it favors development of legged robos. The nervous technology provides (1) pulse delay circuits (neurons), interconnected in closed loops, which generate square waves and (2) pulse neutralization circuits. The central sequencing network and limb circuits control the direction of the motor thereby the motion of their legs. The advantage is that the use of microprocessors and costly components is eliminated and the processes are localized and self-sustaining. Thus beginners and students can implement the innovative ideas without having high knowledge, skill and fund.We are very happy to place this paper before the academic fraternity. Now it will be our pleasure to receive the reader’s feedback. We feel such a feedback is vital to improving the knowledge of an efficient engineer, thereby achieving its purpose.