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Robotics, Working Bibliography

This is a working bibliography. I am maintaining general research links within my project journal. I am using the working bibliography primarily for scholarly sources that I feel I might use to write future papers. Having everything pre-cited makes writing much easier.

The citations are in Chicago Style. The annotations are not. Eventually I will rewrite the annotations in more suitable academic language.

Note: WHY WHY WHY wont WordPress maintain the indentations I assign? My actual document is correctly indented but WordPress won’t let me, I guess I need to take time to write appropriate CSS since that is all I can edit. Later. Eventually

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Mathieu Le Goc, Lawrence H. Kim, Ali Parsaei, Jean-Daniel Fekete, Pierre Dragicevic, and Sean Follmer. 2016. Zooids: Building Blocks for Swarm User Interfaces. In Proceedings of the 29th Annual Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST ’16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 97-109. DOI:

This is the first publication of the Zooids robots. I downloaded it through the library database system access to the ACM Digital Library.


ShapeLab. “ShapeLab/SwarmUI.” GitHub. 2016. Accessed December 22, 2016.

The Github is a repository of open source projects designed to allow free, open and organized collaboration. The Stanford University Shapelab’s project on Swarm Interface robots is located here. It contains all the necessary instructions to print the parts, build the robots and program the source code. The project designers hope that researchers and amateurs alike will work together to experiment with the swarm interface.


Ferreira, Elsa. “Zooids: who are these cute robots?” Makery. Accessed December 22, 2016.

This article contains an interview which describes the research of Mathieu Le Goc PhD student at the French National Institute for computer science and applied mathematics (Inria). It gives a summary description of the “Zooid” swarming robots. Then it goes on to explain the purpose behind the research as well as the researchers hopes for the future development of the technology.


“Zooids: Faces of tiny warriors.” The Guardian. October 12, 2013. Accessed December 22, 2016.

This is an article about Fine Art Macro photographer Aaron Ansaro. He takes photographs of the real “Zooids” that the robots were named for. The images are vibrant and beautiful. I have included them because I think that as an artist, there must be a way to strengthen the aesthetic link between the robots and the creatures they are named for.


Immersive Artificial Life (A-Life) Art by Edwina Bartlem at

This article defines artificial life.

“In this era of cloning, cyborgs, simulations and new biotechnologies, the term artificial life (or A-life) can refer to a range of creatures or organisms that are created and augmented through diverse medical, prosthetic and digital information technologies. Hybridity, emergence and symbiosis have become important metaphors for conceptualizing life in this ‘neo-biological’ or bio-tech era. Perhaps not surprisingly, these themes are also present in contemporary new media art, especially computer-generated and biological art.1 A-life in art is manifested in a variety of ways, including computer-based, evolutionary life-systems (virtual ecologies); animated creatures with life-like behaviors (virtual creatures); living organisms and ‘semi-living objects’.”

It is just a webpage link. I tried to find the journal listing but had no luck. I will look through more databases if I use the article.


Kernighan, Brian W., and Dennis M. Ritchie. The C programming language. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1988.

The book I am using to learn C.


Controlling Wild Mobile Robots Using Virtual Gates and Discrete Transitions

This project contains some useful information on how robots can be controlled. I need to find the correct citation information.


“Swarm Communication.” Jasmin: Swarmrobot, Open-source micro-robotic project. Accessed December 23, 2016.

This is a different take on swarm robotics. It isn’t as cute as the Zooids, but reading the site is helping me understand different ways that group actions can be accomplished. This focuses on accomplishing tasks rather than movement and interconnection. The site has an overview of the project as well as a list f publications by the project contributors. I can use that list for deeper research if needed.


An Approach of IR-based short-range correspondence systems for swarm robot balanced requisitions and communications

Eu-FUCKIN-reka. This was actually helpful. Bless their organized, thoughtful hearts for writing something that is clear, understandable, useful and seems to answer my question. Also, they did a great job explaining the code. It all makes perfect sense. Good for them.


The Scientific and Philosophical Scope of Artificial Life

This is very interesting. It may provide some useful foundational thinking for my work in this project and beyond.