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Self-Assembly at the Macroscopic Scale

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2 Author(s)
Gross, R. ; Lab. de Syst. Robotiques, Ecole Polytech. Fed. de Lausanne, Lausanne ; Dorigo, M.

In this paper, we review half a century of research on the design of systems displaying (physical) self-assembly of macroscopic components. We report on the experience gained in the design of 21 such systems, exhibiting components ranging from passive mechanical parts to mobile robots. We present a taxonomy of the systems and discuss design principles and functions. Finally, we summarize the main achievements and indicate potential directions for future research.

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Proceedings of the IEEE  (Volume:96 ,  Issue: 9 )