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Flora Robotica: Societies of Symbiotic Robot-Plant Bio-Hybrids as Social Architectural Artifacts

Objective

This project's objective is to develop and to investigate closely linked symbiotic relationships between robots and natural plants and to explore the potentials of a plant-robot society able to produce architectural artifacts and living spaces. We will create a society of robot-plant bio-hybrids functioning as an embodied, self-organizing, and distributed cognitive system. The system grows and develops over long periods of time in interactions with humans resulting in the creation of meaningful architectural structures. The robotic assemblies (‘artificial plants’) support and control the biological plants through appropriate scaffolding, watering, and stimuli that exploit the plants’ different tropisms. The natural plant, in turn, supports and controls the robotic plant by guiding it through growth and support the weight of the robot in later growth phases. The artificial plants are built from small heterogeneous sensing and actuation modules connected using lightweight construction elements. Each robotic plant connects wirelessly to the Internet. In contrast to top-down control, we explore a developmental plasticity of bio-hybrid systems, where robots and plans grow together from sprout to adult stage and form a closely co-dependent and self-organized system. The robot-plant organisms live in a human-inhabited environment and through interaction with humans grow into architectural structures (e.g. walls, roofs, benches) providing functionality such as shade, air quality control, and stress relief. Humans, plants, and robots form an internet-connected social garden where desired structures and behavior patterns emerge based on both local interactions and global interaction with parts of the garden growing at other locations. Hence, the social garden is a cultural system that shows long-term learning and adaptation where all past actions and interactions between the natural and artificial plants are represented in the embodiment of the garden.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET zu LUEBECK
Net EU contribution
€ 420 850,00
Address
Ratzeburger Allee 160
23562 Lubeck
Germany

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Region
Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart Stuttgart, Stadtkreis
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (6)

UNIWERSYTET IM. ADAMA MICKIEWICZA W POZNANIU
Poland
Net EU contribution
€ 353 750,00
Address
Ulica Henryka Wieniawskiego 1
61 712 Poznan

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Region
Makroregion północno-zachodni Wielkopolskie Miasto Poznań
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
DET KONGELIGE DANSKE KUNSTAKADEMIS SKOLER FOR ARKITEKTUR, DESIGN OG KONSERVERING.
Denmark
Net EU contribution
€ 649 278,00
Address
Philip De Langes Alle 10
1435 Kobenhavn

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Region
Danmark Hovedstaden Byen København
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,75
CYBRES GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 682 625,00
Address
Melunerstrasse 40
70569 Stuttgart

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart Stuttgart, Stadtkreis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
IT-UNIVERSITETET I KOBENHAVN
Denmark
Net EU contribution
€ 551 833,00
Address
Rued Langgaardsvej 7
2300 Kobenhavn

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Region
Danmark Hovedstaden Byen København
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,75
UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Austria
Net EU contribution
€ 608 445,00
Address
Universitatsplatz 3
8010 Graz

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Region
Südösterreich Steiermark Graz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITAET PADERBORN

Participation ended

Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 375 000,00
Address
Warburger Strasse 100
33098 Paderborn

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Region
Nordrhein-Westfalen Detmold Paderborn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00