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Issue No. 06 - November/December (2004 vol. 19)
ISSN: 1541-1672
pp: 4-7
<div>Holonics in Manufacturing: Bringing Intelligence Closer to the Machine</div><div>Danna Voth</div><p>Research scientists are exploring using systems of <em>holons</em>, 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.</p><div>No-Fly Zone</div><div>Benjamin Alfonsi</div><p>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.</p>

D. Voth and B. Alfonsi, "In the News," in IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol. 19, no. , pp. 4-7, 2004.
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