Simulating soft-bodied swimmers with particle-based physics

Johnson, Chris, Philippides, Andrew and Husbands, Philip (2019) Simulating soft-bodied swimmers with particle-based physics. Soft Robotics. ISSN 2169-5180

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In swimming virtual creatures, there is often a disparity between the level of detail in simulating a swimmer’s body and that of the fluid it moves in. In order to address this disparity, we have developed a new approach to modelling swimming virtual creatures using pseudo-soft bodies and particle-based fluids, which has sufficient realism to investigate a larger range of body-environment interactions than are usually included. As this comes with increased computational costs, which may be severe, we have also developed a means of reducing the volume of fluid that must be simulated.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: fluid simulation, evolutionary robotics, embodiment, morphology, morphological computation, adaptive behavior, soft robotics
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA0075 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QP Physiology > QP0351 Neurophysiology and neuropsychology
T Technology
Depositing User: Phil Husbands
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2019 14:56
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2019 12:10

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