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Exploring the Unknown through Reincarnation and Co-evolution

Objectif

Humans have been exploring the world from the depths of the oceans to the edges of the universe. Yet many environments remain inaccessible, even to modern cutting-edge technology. Therefore problems like exploring the status of waste water under the Fukushima reactor, or discover suitable sites for underground CO2 storage remain unsolved.

Our aim is to investigate a new line of technology that will enable the exploration of difficult-to-access environments exploiting a risky, highly-novel approach called PHOENIX.

PHOENIX will accomplish the exploration of inaccessible environments with physical agents that are extremely limited in size and resources, and can operate without direct control over software and hardware. PHOENIX starts with processing a user question, then assesses available knowledge and initiates an evolutionary process involving two nested generational loops. In the outer loop PHOENIX develops, deploys and retrieves physical agents capable of penetrating the inaccessible environment and gathering information. Based on this knowledge, a model of the unknown environment is developed and evaluated. This model is refined in the inner loop, where environmental models and abstract representations of the physical agents (virtual agents) co-evolve in a virtual world until an improved generation of physical agents is ready for deployment. The goal of this co-evolution is to maximize the information captured about the unknown environment by progressively optimized agents.

Our main objectives are: the development of a co-evolutionary framework, the design of versatile agent technology and the development of a dedicated human interface.

PHOENIX is a radically new, high risk/high reward project. It also holds the promise to shed light on emergent properties of self-organization, local adaptation and division of labour in autonomous systems. The high societal benefits, foundational character and long-term focus make PHOENIX a perfect fit for the FET programme.

Appel à propositions

H2020-FETOPEN-2014-2015-RIA
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Coordinateur

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN
Adresse
Groene Loper 3
5612 AE Eindhoven
Pays-Bas
Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contribution de l’UE
€ 1 489 296,34

Participants (7)

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgique
Contribution de l’UE
€ 880 750
Adresse
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Allemagne
Contribution de l’UE
€ 868 833,75
Adresse
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INCAS 3

Participation terminée

Pays-Bas
Contribution de l’UE
€ 236 999,41
Adresse
Dr Nassaulaan 9
9401 HJ Assen
Type d’activité
Research Organisations
RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN
Pays-Bas
Contribution de l’UE
€ 50 171,50
Adresse
Broerstraat 5
9712CP Groningen
Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ANTEA NEDERLAND BV
Pays-Bas
Contribution de l’UE
€ 68 704
Adresse
Tolhuisweg 57
8443 DV Heerenveen
Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STICHTING VU
Pays-Bas
Contribution de l’UE
€ 5 000
Adresse
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO
Italie
Contribution de l’UE
€ 32 731,25
Adresse
Via Calepina 14
38122 Trento
Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments