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REPLICATOR

Project reference: 216240
Funded under: FP7-ICT

Robotic Evolutionary Self-Programming and Self-Assembling Organisms [Print to PDF] [Print to RTF]

From 2008-03-01 to 2013-08-31

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 7 056 633

EU contribution:

EUR 5 414 052

Coordinated in:

Germany

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2007-1

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Super-large-scale swarm of small autonomous mobile micro-robots

The REPLICATOR project focuses on the development of an advanced robotic system, consisting of a super-large-scale swarm of small autonomous mobile micro-robots that are capable of self-assembling into large artificial organisms. These robotic organisms possess common energy and information buses as well as reliable legged, wheeled or climbing locomotion, based on modular sub-systems which can be autonomously reconfigured. They will be used to build autonomous sensor networks, capable of self-spreading and self-maintaining in open-ended and hazardous environments.

Objective

TThe REPLICATOR project focuses on the development of an advanced robotic system, consisting of a super-large-scale swarm of small autonomous mobile micro-robots that are capable of self-assembling into large artificial organisms. These robotic organisms possess common energy and information buses as well as reliable legged, wheeled or climbing locomotion, based on modular sub-systems which can be autonomously reconfigured. Thanks to the heterogeneity of the elementary robots and their capability to share resources and communicate, the robotic organisms are able to achieve a large computational power, and rich close- and far-range sensing. The energy is autonomously harvested from external power sources.\nThe main goal of the project is to develop novel principles underlying these robotic organisms, such as self-configuration, self-adjustment and self-learning. The bio-inspired evolutionary approach and evolvable hardware structure adopted in this project enable the robotic organisms to emerge new functionalities, to develop their own cognitive and control structures and, finally, to work autonomously in uncertain situations without any human supervision. Ultimately, these robotic organisms, which are extremely adaptive, robust, scalable and rich in sensing and actuating capabilities, will be used to build autonomous sensor networks, capable of self-spreading and self-maintaining in open-ended, even hazardous, environments.

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Coordinator contact

Serge KERNBACH, (Project Coordinator)
Tel.: +49-711-7816373
Fax: +49-711-7816248
E-mail

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
Germany
Universitätsstraße 38
Stutgart, Germany
Administrative contact: Michael Matthiesen
Tel.: +49 711 68588414
Fax: +49 711 68578420
E-mail

Participants

UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Austria
UNIVERSITAETSPLATZ
GRAZ, Austria
Administrative contact: Karl Crailsheim
Tel.: +43 316 3805616
Fax: +43 316 3809876
E-mail
CESKE VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V PRAZE
Czech Republic
ZIKOVA
PRAHA, Czech Republic
Administrative contact: Igor Mraz
Tel.: +420 2 24352014
Fax: +420 2 24310784
E-mail
INSTITUT MIKROELEKTRONICKYCH APLIKACI S.R.O.
Czech Republic
NA VALENTINCE
PRAHA 5 - SMICHOV, Czech Republic
Administrative contact: Dana Reznakova
Tel.: +420 251081036
Fax: +420 251081066
E-mail
FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V
Germany
Hansastrasse
MUNCHEN, Germany
Administrative contact: Andrea Zeumann
Tel.: +49 89 12052723
Fax: +49 89 12057534
E-mail
Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie
Germany
Kaiserstrasse
Karlsruhe, Germany
Administrative contact: Heinz Woern
Tel.: +49 721 6084006
Fax: +49 721 6087141
E-mail
SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO SANT'ANNA
Italy
PIAZZA MARTIRI DELLA LIBERTA
PISA, Italy
Administrative contact: Maria Chiara Carrozza
Tel.: +39 050 883260
Fax: +39 050 883519
E-mail
ALMENDE B.V.
Netherlands
WESTERSTRAAT
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands
Administrative contact: Kostas Van Goor
Tel.: +31653471688
Fax: +31104047773
E-mail
SHEFFIELD HALLAM UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
HOWARD STREET
SHEFFIELD, United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Rosemary Booth
Tel.: +44 114 2255087
Fax: +44 114 2253501
E-mail
UBISENSE LIMITED
United Kingdom
ST ANDREWS ROAD
CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Martin Cartwright
Tel.: +44 1223 535170
Fax: +44 1223 535167
E-mail
Ubisense AG
Germany
Franz-Rennefeld-Weg 2-6
Düsseldorf, Germany
Administrative contact: N/A N/A
Tel.: +00 0 000000
E-mail
Record Number: 85549 / Last updated on: 2014-10-06