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Towards new frontiers for distributed environmental monitoring based on an ecosystem of plant seed-like soft robots

Project description

Bio-inspired soft robotics meets soil science

Biodegradable and self-deployable seed-like robots are transforming the way scientists monitor and analyse air and topsoil environments. Filling gaps in data analysis systems, these miniaturised robots can conduct in situ detection of key environmental parameters in air and topsoil. Developed by the EU-funded I-Seed project, these robots boast a bio-inspired design and morphological features that enable them to fly and disperse via natural vector-mediated diffusion in the air. They can also respond to humidity variations to move on terrain surfaces and self-penetrate topsoil. Built with sensors, the robots will record temperature, humidity, CO2 and mercury (Hg2+).

Call for proposal

H2020-FETPROACT-2020-2
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Coordinator

FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
Address
Via Morego 30
16163 Genova
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 018 333,75

Participants (5)

LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUER NEUE MATERIALIEN GEMEINNUETZIGE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 699 875
Address
Campus D2 2
66123 Saarbruecken
Activity type
Research Organisations
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 500 466,25
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 675 492,50
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO S ANNA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 500 625
Address
Piazza Martiri Della Liberta 33
56127 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
OLYSEUS INNOVATIONS LIMITED
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 602 728,75
Address
Kimonos 41 Agios Nektarios
3095 Limassol
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)