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In the News (HTML)
November/December 2004 (vol. 19 no. 6)
pp. 4-7
Holonics in Manufacturing: Bringing Intelligence Closer to the Machine
Danna Voth

Research scientists are exploring using systems of holons, or autonomous, cooperative, self-configuring units, to create more efficient distributed systems. At Rockwell Automation, scientists are working on a prototype holonic system for the US Navy, and the University of Cambridge used the Manufacturing Agent Simulation Tool to test a holonic packing cell.

No-Fly Zone
Benjamin Alfonsi

An team of roboticists and microbiologists have developed the EcoBot II, a small-scale robot that uses microbial fuel cells to convert dead flies into electrical energy to power itself. The team hopes that someday the robot will be able to decide for itself when to seek out food and when to remain inactive.

Citation:
Danna Voth, Benjamin Alfonsi, "In the News," IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol. 19, no. 6, pp. 4-7, Nov.-Dec. 2004, doi:10.1109/MIS.2004.65
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