Development of membrane controllers for mobile robots

Catalin Buiu, Cristian-Ioan Vasile, and Octavian Arsene. Development of membrane controllers for mobile robots. Information Sciences, 187:33–51, March 2012. if=2.833, doi:10.1016/j.ins.2011.10.007.

Published date: 
Thursday, March 1, 2012

The main contribution of this paper is the introduction of the new concept of membrane controller based on the structure and functioning of a deterministic numerical P system. The procedure for developing a membrane controller and for using it to control a mobile robot is explained and several test cases are given in which membrane controllers are used to control both simulated and real mobile robots and to generate various desired behaviours (obstacle avoidance, wall following, and follow the leader). The experiments reported in this paper validate the concept and prove that the performance of a membrane controller is comparable to or better than that of other controllers (such as fuzzy logic controllers).