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SUBMARINE CULTURES PERFORM LONG-TERM ROBOTIC EXPLORATION OF UNCONVENTIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL NICHES

Objective

subCULTron aims for achieving long-term autonomy in a learning, self-regulating, self-sustaining underwater society/culture of robots in a high-impact application area: Venice, Italy. Our heterogeneous system consists of 3 different agent types: On the sea-ground, artificial mussels are the collective long-term memory of the system, allowing information to stay beyond the runtime of other agents, thus allowing to continue learning from previously learned states. These mussels monitor the natural habitat, including biological agents like algae, bacterial incrustation and fish. On the water surface, artificial lilypads interface with the human society, delivering energy and information influx from ship traffic or satellite data. Between those two layers, artificial fish move/monitor/explore the environment and exchange info with the mussels and lilypads. Artificial mussels are a novel class of underwater agents. We aim to push forward the edge of knowledge with novel sensors (electric sense/electro-communication), novel bio-inspired algorithms (underwater hives) and novel energy harvesting in underwater scenarios. We will improve the world’s record for swarm-size in autonomous collective underwater robotics by almost one order of magnitude. Our application field is a human- and animal-co-inhabited real-world environment of high impact: Venice canals & lagoon. These habitats are highly dynamic and structured, expected to be reflected by a spatial self-structuring of our mussel population. These sub-populations locally perform memetic/cultural learning algorithms on their specific local data. Thus our cultural evolution algorithms will promote sub-culture development, similar to the human society that does the same above the water level in parallel. Overall, we aim for an artificial society underneath the water-surface to the service of a human society above the water.

Call for proposal

H2020-FETPROACT-2014
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Address
Universitatsplatz 3
8010 Graz
Austria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 901 300

Participants (6)

SVEUCILISTE U ZAGREBU FAKULTET ELEKTROTEHNIKE I RACUNARSTVA
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 667 080
Address
Unska 3
10000 Zagreb
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO S ANNA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 529 000
Address
Piazza Martiri Della Liberta 33
56127 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 575 893
Address
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS
France
EU contribution
€ 393 935
Address
Boulevard Saint Michel 60
75272 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
CORILA - CONSORZIO PER IL COORDINAMENTO DELLE RICERCHE INERENTI AL SISTEMA LAGUNARE DI VENEZIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 293 694
Address
San Marco 2847
30124 Venezia
Activity type
Research Organisations
CYBERTRONICA UG (HAFTUNGSBESCHRANKT) GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 626 748
Address
Melunerstrasse 40
70569 Stuttgart
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)